Today sees the culmination of coordinated work across the DSA with the submission of our response to The Department of Health and Social Care consultation on mandatory learning disability training for health and care professionals. For a long while now we have been concerned about the variability in quality of healthcare individuals with Down’s syndrome […]
Local authorities are failing adults with Down’s syndrome – resulting in unlawful practices in some cases – because they are taking too long to assess their basic needs and get adequate support in place. Almost half (43%) of adults surveyed, reported being in need of a Social Care Assessment, with some waiting as long as […]
Being able to communicate our needs, wishes and feelings is important for our sense of identity and our wellbeing. Making meaningful choices and developing friendships with the people we chose enables us to feel valued and increases our confidence and self-esteem. Conversely a lack of choice and control over our daily lives can lead to […]
An edited list of links to useful resources from other organisations: New EHCP animations from Independent Support With support from DfE, Independent Support has produced two short animation films, which can be used by local authorities, front-line services, professionals and parent groups in their communications with parents and young people. They explain the Education, Health […]
We are currently working on a new addition to our adult social care series. The new factsheet will help adults with Down’s syndrome (18+) and their supporters prepare for Needs Assessments and Carers Assessments in England. Local authorities complete Needs Assessments to work out how much care and support a person needs to live their day-to-day life. […]
The DSA has joined 75 other organisations as signatories of an open letter calling for the Prime Minister to urgently seek a cross-party solution to the health and care crisis.
Has the Care Act made a difference to you? TLAP want to hear your views
“Care workers can become your friend” – Alex from Our Voice, Our Choice South West. In the last few months, Alex, a member of the Our Voice, Our Choice group in the South West, has been visiting local Job Centres. Alongside support workers from New Key, a local social car provider, he has been speaking to […]
The move between child and adult health services is likely to be a phased transition between ages 16 and 18. Different services may have different age limits. During this time your son or daughter will move from the care of a paediatrician to oversight by their GP. All adult with learning disabilities have a right […]
The law on social care is changing. The recently passed Care Act (2014) aims to reform social care legislation in England for adults, and the changes will come into force in 2015.