physical and learning disabilities

Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils' Educational Records) (Scotland) Act 2002

This Act will require education authorities, proprietors of independent schools, managers of grant-aided schools and boards of management of self-governing schools to prepare accessibility strategies to improve access to education for pupils with disabilities; require those authorities and proprietors or managers to review and implement these strategies; and empower the Scottish Ministers to make regulations in relation to the keeping, transferring and disclosure of pupils' educational records.

Disabled children and childcare (Radio 4 series: Woman's Hour)

This episode of Radio 4's Woman's Hour series looks at the widening wealth gap under the Labour Government. More than half of families with disabled children live on the margins of poverty; just 16 percent of mothers with disabled children work, compared with 61 percent of other mothers; and childminders and nurseries geared to providing facilities for disabled children are scarce. With the Government setting targets to tackle child poverty,

The definition of disability

This web page by Deborah Kaplan, Director of the World Institute on Disability, discusses different ways of defining 'disability' and looks at the complex ways that persons with disabilities perceive themselves and their changing status in society. For models for defining disability are discussed in detail: the moral, medical, rehabilitation, and disability models. References and web links are given.

Adults with learning disabilities implementation of 'The same as you?' Scotland 2007

The purpose of this statistics release is to present the fifth set of national figures for services provided by local authorities in Scotland for adults with learning disabilities. All figures for 2007 relate to the week ending 16 September 2007 and are provisional.

Physical health in mental health: final report of a scoping group

This is the final report of a scoping group that aimed to explore a range of issues concerning the general health of people with mental health problems with a view to making recommendations to the Council of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The report begins by introducing the scoping group, its key recommendations and an overview of physical health in mental health care.

Assistive technology

The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia.

Dementia can make day-to-day life more difficult. Little things like forgetting to turn the gas off or letting the bath overflow can cause great damage and may put the person with dementia and others in danger.

The Advocacy Conference 2003 : making advocacy more accessible

This conference report examines the issues relating to making advocacy more accessible for everyone. Specifically, the report looks at what can be done to promote diversity and inclusion, the importance of advocacy for people with dementia, what children and young people want from advocacy, and the advocacy needs of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people.

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Aware UK

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Aware UK is a voluntary group set up to raise awareness, give informed choice and provide information for people affected by FAS. Information is available on an accredited course available via distance learning programme which is “designed to increase recognition and appropriate care of children who have been adversely affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol.” The website also provides links to critical and important documents relating to FAS, access to poster and marketing materials, details of conferences and events, and links to related websites.

Justice denied: a summary of our investigation into the care and treatment of Ms A

Ms A is a 67 year old woman with a learning disability who has been in the care of the local authority since she was eight years old. This investigation into Ms A’s care was initiated in September 2006, after the Mental Welfare Commission was contacted by a housing association who were concerned about her vulnerability. They said Ms A had reported being raped. When they contacted the police, they discovered that similar assaults were alleged to have taken place previously.

Joint area reviews 2007-08: report on outcomes

This report is based on evidence from joint area reviews (JARs) conducted in 73 local authority areas April 2007-July 2008. Key findings, recommendations and methodology are followed by sections on safeguarding; looked after children; children and young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities; additional, education and other investigations; and service management and capacity to improve. Annexes give an overview of JAR grades awarded since April 2007 under the new methodology and a full list of JARs since April 2007.