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Harkes, Mary Anne; Brown, Michael; Horsburgh, Dorothy – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
A systematic literature review was undertaken to determine the evidence base underpinning the strategy of Self Directed Support and whether evidence demonstrates that this policy is accessible to everyone with a learning disability. It also sought to identify whether there were any barriers to Self Directed Support for people with severe or…
Descriptors: Research, Literature Reviews, Developmental Disabilities, Policy
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Holly, Deirdre; Sharp, John – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
People with learning disabilities are at increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Research suggests this may be due to inequalities in health status and inequities in the way health services respond to need. Little is known about the most effective way to improve health outcomes for people with learning disabilities. A previously developed…
Descriptors: Heart Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Health Education, Adult Education
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Williams, John; Carter, Neil – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2014
In 2009 the city of Leicester hosted the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games. Around 2500 athletes with learning disabilities competed in 21 sports. This article argues that this sporting mega-event had important potential legacy consequences for the hosts, the governing body --Special Olympics Great Britain (SOGB)--and also for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Athletics, Mental Retardation, Developmental Disabilities
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Huws, Jaci C.; Jones, Robert S. P. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2011
Past research indicates that newspaper representations of developmental disability reinforce negative stereotypes. The aim of this study was to examine depictions of autism in British newspapers. A qualitative content and discourse analysis of newspaper accounts of autism was conducted over four 1-month time points, every 3 years, between May 1999…
Descriptors: Stereotypes, Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Discourse Analysis
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Simpson, Graeme; Price, Vicky – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2010
The paper examines aspects of the implementation of "Valuing People" by focusing upon four case studies of people, which are representative of a greater number of referrals to an organisation providing support for people with learning disabilities. It shows that despite many positive aspects of the policy, it sometimes fails the most…
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Case Studies, Social Isolation, Public Policy
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Beacroft, Monica; Dodd, Karen – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2010
This audit investigated residential staff beliefs around pain thresholds and strategies they adopt to recognise and manage pain in people with learning disabilities across Surrey. A structured interview was constructed to elicit information. Results demonstrated that pain is not being effectively recognised or managed by residential staff in…
Descriptors: Pain, Developmental Disabilities, Residential Institutions, Foreign Countries
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Stewart, Stephen; Macha, Ruth; Hebblethwaite, Amy; Hames, Annette – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2009
Through the use of face-to-face interviews, this article explores residential carers' perceptions and understanding of a physiotherapy service provided to patients with a learning disability, with the aim of highlighting potential areas for improvement in the service. Carers involved in the study reported a good relationship with the…
Descriptors: Physical Therapy, Patients, Interviews, Intervention
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Webb, Jenny; Stanton, Melanie – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2009
The health of people with learning disabilities is poor when compared with the general population but this difference is not reflected in higher rates of access to primary healthcare. This paper will report on a study undertaken to run and evaluate a 12-week programme to enable people with learning disabilities to better access primary healthcare.…
Descriptors: Adults, Primary Health Care, Access to Health Care, Developmental Disabilities
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Black, Lesley-Ann; Roberts, Paul – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2009
This article presents the findings of an independent evaluation of a pilot project in Northern Ireland called "Telling it like it is!" (TILII) conducted over a 2 year timeframe (2005-2007). Seven people with a learning disability were recruited and trained as TILII trainers. With the help of a project facilitator, they designed and…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Developmental Disabilities, Trainers, Values Education
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Bell, Dorothy M.; Espie, Colin A. – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2002
People with learning disabilities who also exhibit challenging behaviour live in a social context that should be considered in order to understand and deal with their behaviours. This context includes the characteristics of staff members, and their satisfaction with the whole culture and environment in which they work. The social context will also…
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, Males, Employee Attitudes
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Jenkins, Robert; Northway, Ruth – British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2002
Advocacy is often seen as an ideal role for nurses to undertake, especially when working with people who have a learning disability. However, advocacy is not without its risks and dilemmas for learning disability nurses. The present paper attempts to examine why people with learning disabilities may be viewed as vulnerable and why advocacy may be…
Descriptors: Nurses, Developmental Disabilities, Advocacy, Problems