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ERIC Number: ED542386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Learning Difficulties and Ethnicity: Updating a Framework for Action
Poxton, Richard
Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities (NJ1)
This update of the Framework for Action highlights the continuing relevance of its message as well as those raised by Valuing People Now. People with learning difficulties and their families from Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities have been highlighted as a priority group by Valuing People since 2001 and remain a priority for better access to health and social care support. Although health and social care organisations have a statutory duty to ensure that there is equality of access and the uptake of services, sadly research suggests that very few successfully promote diversity. In order to improve the access and inclusion of minority and seldom heard communities, these organizations need to know the local population and the best ways of engaging and supporting all communities. They also need to understand the needs and anxieties of people from BME communities as well as the gaps in current service provision. The hope is that this updated "Framework for Action" will provide some important ideas as to how this can be improved across both rural areas, (where there is still a need to identify the needs of newly arrived) and largely unknown communities and inner city areas where there may be higher concentrations of diverse communities and therefore some local expertise. Appended are: (1) Useful references and websites; (2) Giving us a Voice project; and (3) See "Local Checklist For Action." A glossary and a list of references and websites are included. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities was commissioned by the Department of Health and the Office of the National Learning Disability Director, Anne Williams and Scott Watkins (co-Directors until 31st March 2011) to update the Framework for Action which was first published in 2004.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom