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ERIC Number: EJ808405
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1366-8250
Active Support Is Person-Centred by Definition: A Response to Harman and Sanderson (2008)
Jones, Edwin; Lowe, Kathy
Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, v33 n3 p274-277 Sep 2008
This article presents the authors' response to Harman and Sanderson (2008) who address the important question of how person-centred active support is. The authors' intention is not to disagree with Harman and Sanderson's general point that combining active support (AS) with person-centred planning (PCP) is better than either approach being implemented in isolation; rather, they intend to explore the issue further from the alternative perspective that when implemented correctly, AS is inherently person-centred. While Harman and Sanderson highlight the important contribution of AS in challenging disability services to achieve a person-centred approach, they argue that AS cannot be considered to be fully person-centred unless it "is explicitly based on a person-centred plan, and the focus is on implementing that plan." They suggest that AS without PCP disempowers clients, because it fails to focus on choice or control, with staff effectively making many decisions for clients who have communication difficulties. The authors contend that active support is person-centred by definition because if is not, then it cannot be active support. They assert that person-centred thinking and planning tools can work well in conjunction with AS, and are useful additions to the tool kit. Together with active support, these approaches provide high quality support to individuals with intellectual disability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom