disability

A little break would be nice: a report on the respite needs of carers of adults with a learning disability living in the family home

The overall aim of our inquiry was to examine respite provision in Clackmannanshire for carers of adults with learning disabilities living in the family home and to look at examples of good practice in other areas. For the purpose of our study we defined respite care as short-term care that helps a family take a break from the daily routine and stress. It can be provided in the family home or in a variety of out-of-home settings and involve either time apart or time together with extra support.

Doing services differently: local innovations for disabled people and their families

Report commissioned by Scope that is informed by the ideas and reflections of disabled people and the actions that commissioners and providers are taking. It argues that by focusing on innovation as a force for social change, local authorities and the voluntary sector can together improve the lives of disabled people and their families. It celebrates social innovation in local services, showcasing and sharing ideas that better enable disabled people to lead social change.

Disability Studies Quarterly

Journal of the Society for Disability Studies (SDS). It is a multidisciplinary and international journal of interest to social scientists, scholars in the humanities, disability rights advocates, creative writers, and others concerned with the issues of people with disabilities.

It represents the full range of methods, epistemologies, perspectives, and content that the multidisciplinary field of disability studies embraces.

Disability and universal credit

Briefing that looks at four particular financial changes for disabled children, adults and their families, and considers how they will interact with the broader universal credit changes. Whilst three of the changes are cuts and one is an increase, not all the people affected by the specific losses and gains will lose or gain overall in the way that might be expected. This briefing unpicks some of the complexity.

Over-looked communities, over-due change: how services can better support BME disabled people

This report, jointly published by the Equalities National Council and Scope, came out of a need to understand how BME disabled people, their families and carers feel about the services available to them so they can be improved.

Disability costs and equivalence scales in the older population

Research study that uses the dual indices of individuals’ standard of living and degree of disability, using UK survey data covering over 8,000 people who are over state pension age. The indices are used to estimate the additional income that each disabled person would need in order to reach the same standard of living as he or she would enjoy without any disability.

Government support towards the additional living costs of working–age disabled people (Seventh report of session 2012-12)

Report that looks at the existing objectives for DLA and the changes the Government hopes to bring about through the introduction of PIP (Personal Independence Payment); assesses the government’s consultation and communications process for the reform; examines the Government’s performance to date in assessing the likely impacts of the policy change; analyses the eligibility criteria and the new assessment for PIP; and assesses the proposals for implementation and contracting arrangements.

Handicapping rules: the overly restrictive application of admissibility criteria by the European Court of Human Rights to complaints concerning disabled people

Article that analyses the way in which admissibility rules related to standing and victim status can in certain circumstances exclude persons with disabilities held in mental health institutions from the protection of the European Convention on Human Rights by denying them access to proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights.

Life opportunities survey: wave one results, 2009/11

Report that presents a summary of the latest information collected from the full wave one of the Life Opportunities Survey (LOS), for which fieldwork was conducted across Great Britain between June 2009 and March 2011.

A report based on the interim results - year one of the first wave of fieldwork - was published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in December 2010. The findings in this report replace the findings presented in the interim report.

Forgotten families: the impact of isolation on families with disabled children across the UK

Survey which aimed to find out more about the levels of isolation families with disabled children experience and how this impacts on their family life. It also explores what would help families most when they feel isolated and whether the growth of the internet and social networks help.