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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2008): Services for the disabled - UK

Are caring professions restricting employment of disabled people?

C.H. Sin and J. Fong

Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 15, Dec. 2007, p. 45-48

The Disability Rights Commission’s Formal Investigation into the impact of professional regulation on disabled people’s access to the nursing, social work and teaching professions revealed that unclear fitness requirements and their inconsistent application can have discriminatory effects. This article explores the relevance of these findings for other health and social care professions, demonstrating that they also have a range of fitness requirements that may be interpreted and implemented in different ways, potentially discouraging disabled people from entering the professions or from disclosing their conditions. Regulations and guidance across the health and social care professions need to be reviewed to bring them into line with current disability and anti-discrimination legislation.

Disability activism and the struggle for change: disability, policy and politics in the UK

C. Barnes

Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, vol. 2, 2007, p. 203-221

Since the 1960s, pressure from the international disabled people’s movement has led to the ascendancy of the social model of disability. It is now generally accepted that the main problems faced by disabled people arise from environmental, cultural and economic barriers to inclusion. This article traces the history of the disabled people’s movement in the UK and its impact on government policy and legislation. Disabled people’s organisations have campaigned for anti-discrimination legislation, user involvement in service provision, and independent living. Much progress has been made, but there is still a long way to go if the language of inclusion is to become more than empty rhetoric. The disabled people’s movement needs to keep up the pressure.

Still an unknown quantity

S. Vevers

Community Care, Dec. 6th 2007, p. 20-21

Direct payments have offered parents of disabled children the flexibility to purchase their own care services, develop close ties with a care worker of their choice, and potentially gain greater control of their lives. However, many local authorities have failed to engage with the scheme and there are concerns that payments are inadequate, the system too bureaucratic, and the market of providers too small.

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