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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2010): Services for the disabled - UK

Childcare for all children

R. Watson

Children and Young People Now, Jan. 19th-25th 2010, p. 16-17

Accessible childcare for young disabled children can provide a lifeline for many families. Although the Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on local authorities to provide sufficient and suitable childcare for all disabled children, research shows that many families struggle to find suitable places locally with appropriately trained staff.

Inclusive activities for disabled children

Centre for Excellence and Outcomes

Community Care, Feb. 4th 2010, p. 24-25

Disabled children and young people appear to have limited opportunities to access positive leisure activities in their local areas. Barriers to the use of local leisure and recreation facilities include bullying, negative attitudes from the public and staff, and costs of transport and using services. Achieving inclusion for disabled children involves planning, provision of extra support and resources, and the active involvement of skilled staff.

Taking a risk? The mortgage industry and perceptions of disabled people

L. Hemingway

Disability and Society, vol. 25, 2010, p. 75-87

This paper looks at the contribution that institutional risk management activities make to disablement, using a case study of the mortgage industry in the UK. Using empirical findings from research into disabled people's access to owner-occupation, it shows how the ways that risk informs the practices of the mortgage industry can have important implications for disabled people, particularly during risk assessment or evaluation.

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