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Welfare Reform on the Web (January 2012): Services for the disabled - UK

Big Society: a dismodernist critique

K. Runswick-Cole and D. Goodley

Disability and Society, vol.26, 2011, p. 881-885

The authors suggest that the Big Society assumes a competent, capable and independent citizen who is able to look after himself and his family. Such a normative, able citizen will participate in empowering local communities and will have things to offer that will add to their quality of life. The Big Society is thus an example of ablesim in motion and excludes the disabled citizen who does not match its dominant ideal-type. In the Big Society, disabled people figure as recipients of charity and objects of philanthropy. They have no rights to charity, but have to be judged deserving of support.

Care homes for learning disabled failing to meet essential standards

D. Brindle

The Guardian, Dec. 9th 2011, p. 2

Four of the first five services for people with learning disabilities that were subject to snap inspections in the wake of the Winterbourne View scandal failed to meet essential standards of care and safety. Inspectors believed that the findings, together with early results of more than 60 other spot-checks, showed that hospitals and care homes for learning disabled people needed stronger leadership and better staff training to ensure that care was appropriate and abuse was not widespread. Winterbourne View, a hospital facility near Bristol run by private company Castlebeck, was closed after a BBC Panorama programme alleged there was a regime of systematic ill-treatment of people with 'challenging' behaviour who were sent there for assessment and therapy.

Whole system care and social inclusion of people with sight loss: implications of key research for policy and service development

J. Percival

Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 19, no.5, 2011, p. 47-57

Due to population ageing, increasing numbers of people are experiencing sight loss in later life. This article reviews research on the impact of sight loss on individuals and aims to inform the development of appropriate services to effectively meet their needs. According to the research evidence, people with sight loss are often vulnerable to personal, social and cultural disadvantage and may struggle to maintain quality of life, mobility, independence, community participation, employment and satisfactory housing. As a result there is a strong association between sight loss and social exclusion. Service providers, individually, cannot be expected to tackle this nexus of disadvantage and associated needs, but could make inroads by collaborating effectively to develop common strategies.

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