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Abbott, David; Marriott, Anna – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
In the UK, policy on adult social care places an emphasis on maximising choice and control for service users, including people with learning disabilities. The shift from the provision of organised services for groups of people to offering individual and personal budgets and pots of money for people to buy their own services has major implications…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Disabilities, Money Management, Decision Making
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Brown, Freddy Jackson; Cooper, Kate; Diebel, Tara – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
People with learning disabilities have higher levels of health needs compared with the general population (Nocon, 2006, Background evidence for the DRC's formal investigation into health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities or mental health problems. London and Manchester, Disability Rights Commission). Research has shown…
Descriptors: Access to Health Care, Disabilities, Barriers, Health Services
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Holman, Andrew – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
Paul Burstow, a former minister for social care, was once charged with finding savings in care services. He completed his last two years, cut the Valuing People Now programme early, and returned to the back benches. He did, however, draft a Care and Support Bill and has subsequently used this experience to chair a joint Parliamentary Scrutiny…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Public Policy, Accessibility (for Disabled), Foreign Countries
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Holman, Andrew – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
Paul Richards is one of those individuals who make a difference and is as far from institutional as one can be. The author met up with him at the Learning Disability Today conference in London to talk more about his work and life. Paul coordinates the service user involvement across Southdown Housing Association, based in Sussex.
Descriptors: Profiles, Change Agents, Learning Disabilities, Foreign Countries
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Phelvin, Andrew – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2013
This paper describes the current challenges facing nurses and other professionals who care for people with profound and multiple intellectual disabilities. This particularly vulnerable group of service users often rely on a repertoire of non-verbal behaviours to communicate their needs and wishes. These challenges include the requirements of…
Descriptors: Intuition, Verbal Ability, Multiple Disabilities, Mental Retardation
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Sheerin, Fintan K. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
It is being increasingly recognised that the achievement of improved health outcomes for people with learning disabilities is central to the role of learning disability nurses. This is in recognition of the fact that an increasing body of evidence has demonstrated that these people often have poorer health outcomes than those in the mainstream…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Evidence, Nurses, Accessibility (for Disabled)
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Waight, Mary Philomena; Oldreive, Warren James – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
This paper aims to describe the process undertaken by Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy to assess a gentleman with learning disabilities and visual impairment with regard to his capacity to sign a tenancy agreement. It describes the method used to assess the gentleman's mental capacity before exploring the system used to provide…
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Occupational Therapy, Teaching Methods
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Holman, Andrew – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
Athletes with learning disabilities have had a difficult time being included in the Paralympics. They have faced a lot of discrimination, including from other disabled athletes, and just when they were finally included (at the Sydney games in 2000), the Spanish Basketball team cheated by having players on their team who did not have learning…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Foreign Countries, Athletes, Team Sports
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Michell, Bryan – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
This is about research an Oxfordshire Self-Advocacy Organisation did into annual health checks for people with learning disabilities. The self-advocates worked with Oxfordshire's Primary Care Health Facilitator and a Professor to find out why only one in four people in our area had a health check in 2009/10 (Emerson & Glover 2010a,b). The…
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities, Self Advocacy, Foreign Countries
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Butler, Gary; Cresswell, Amanda; Giatras, Nikoletta; Tuffrey-Wijne, Irene – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
This paper presents two studies using focus groups with people with learning disabilities. One study was about "What is it like for people with learning disabilities who have a family or friend with cancer?" and other study was about "How to break bad news to people with learning disabilities?" Two of the researchers had…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Focus Groups, Mental Retardation, Cancer
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Bane, Geraldine; Deely, Marie; Donohoe, Brian; Dooher, Martin; Flaherty, Josephine; Iriarte, Edurne Garcia; Hopkins, Rob; Mahon, Ann; Minogue, Ger; Mc Donagh, Padraig; O'Doherty, Siobhain; Curry, Martin; Shannon, Stephen; Tierney, Edel; Wolfe, Marie – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
This study explored the perspectives of people with learning disabilities on relationships and supports in the Republic of Ireland. A national research network consisting of 21 researchers with learning disabilities, 12 supporters, and 7 university researchers conducted the study. Researchers with learning disabilities and their supporters ran 16…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, National Surveys
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British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2012
This article is about the lived experiences and friendships of a small group of people with a learning disability who live without support in one of the most deprived areas in the UK. The findings are from an inclusive research project, that was named "Money, Friends and Making Ends Meet" and the participants who researched their own…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Social Networks, Friendship, Social Capital
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Bentley, Sarah; Nicholls, Rickie; Price, Maxine; Wilkinson, Aaron; Purcell, Matthew; Woodhall, Martin; Walmsley, Jan – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2011
We are five young people with learning disabilities who found out about the history of hospitals for people with learning disabilities in our area, and made a film about the project. The project taught us what life had been like for some people with learning disabilities only 30 years ago. It was very different to our lives; we have more choice,…
Descriptors: Oral History, Hospitals, Learning Disabilities, Young Adults
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Leeds, Lesley; Srinivasan, Janaki – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2011
People with a learning disability are just as likely as people in the general population to be at risk of cerebrovascular disease, due to the presence of undetected/undertreated vascular risk factors. When people with a learning disability are presenting with additional cognitive impairment, it is important to consider a range of conditions that…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Risk, Mental Retardation, Neurological Impairments
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Rissman, Barbara – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2011
A nonverbal learning disability is believed to be caused by damage, disorder or destruction of neuronal white matter in the brain's right hemisphere and may be seen in persons experiencing a wide range of neurological diseases such as hydrocephalus and other types of brain injury (Harnadek & Rourke 1994). This article probes the relationship…
Descriptors: Brain Hemisphere Functions, Learning Disabilities, Congenital Impairments, Nonverbal Learning
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