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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2001): Services for the Disabled - UK

ADVOCACY IN A COLD CLIMATE: A REVIEW OF SOME CITIZEN ADVOCACY SCHEMES IN THE CONTEXT OF LONG-STAY HOSPITAL CLOSURES

S. Hunter and A. Tyne

Disability and Society, vol. 16, 2001, p. 549-561

Paper offers some reflections on hospital-based advocacy schemes from the authors' experience of three Citizen Advocacy Programme Evaluation (CAPE) evaluations in Scotland. Suggests that when managers adopt Citizen Advocacy schemes as part of a closure programme, they risk compromising essential features of such schemes without meeting the urgent crisis needs of residents, as the system is overwhelmed by change.

NEEDS OF CARERS OF SEVERELY DISABLED PEOPLE: ARE THEY IDENTIFIED AND MET ADEQUATELY?

P. Kersten et al

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 9, 2001, p. 235-243

Study examined the unmet needs of informal carers of community dwelling disabled people and compared their perspectives to those of the disabled people themselves and nominated professionals. Results show that carers' needs are poorly recognised by their dependents and by professionals. In line with recent legislation, carers' needs must be independently addressed and services, especially short break services, must be developed specifically to meet them.

THE STEVENS REPORT: IS THE INDEPENDENT LIVING MOVEMENT ABOUT LIBERATION OR OPPRESSION?

S. Stevens

Community Living, vol. 14, Apr./May 2001, p. 10-11

The standard model of independent living envisages disabled people living on their own and employing personal assistants. Article argues that this stereotype should be abandoned and that the focus should be on giving disabled people more control over their lifestyle choices.