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ERIC Number: EJ1122411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
The Meaning of "Choice and Control" for People with Intellectual Disabilities Who Are Planning Their Social Care and Support
Williams, Val; Porter, Sue
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v30 n1 p97-108 Jan 2017
Background: This paper questions consumerist assumptions in current English social care policy and aims to look behind the processes of personalization to interrogate what "choice and control" means in the lives of a diverse group of people with intellectual disabilities. Methods: Data were from multiple interviews and direct practice recordings with nine people using personal budgets and were analysed using an interpretative approach. Results: Identity, other people and personal budget processes were all important for choice and control. People needed to build confidence in themselves as decision-makers, both through peer support and through joint decisions with trusted others. Conclusions: Practitioners need to take into account the spectrum of ways in which people may make decisions. Action needs to be taken both at the micro level of support interactions and at the macro level, with a clearer articulation of independent living in policy and strategy for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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