This is the first book on working with disabled people to take an aspirational, outcomes-focused approach to professional practice. It forms the first attempt to grapple with the massive legislative and policy shifts in the Disability field in the last 15 years and provides an up-to-date, positive approach to professional practice, based on the social model of disability. Importantly, the book translates both adult and children's' disability legislation and policy guidance into positive, creative, enabling practice methods for professionals in social care, health, employment and independent living.
IntroductionThe Historical Legacy, Legislation, Policy and Guidance Introduction The Roots of Policy, Legislation and Protection The Poor Law Origins of Health and Social Care ConclusionCommunity Care and Beyond Introduction Community Care Legislation Deinstitutionalization ConclusionPivotal Moments in the development of disability policy Introduction The Social Model of Disability 'Mainstreaming' Controversies and Critique Balancing Greater Individual Choice with Resource Equity The Lessons of History and new Demands in Practice Positive Practice Advocacy, Facilitation and Empowerment The Implications of Equality 2025 and the Growth of Centres of Inclusive Living ConclusionIndependent Living, Choices and Rights Introduction Enabling Practice in the 21st Century Working Futures: Work Options and Economic Wellbeing for Disabled people Direct Payments and In Control: Blazing a Trail for Personalised Social Care Personalisation and Self Directed Support Independence, Well-Being and Choice and Beyond In Control Individual Budgets ConclusionLife course Issues Introduction Every Child Matters: Towards Seamless Child Services Every Disabled Child Matters Disabled Children's Wheelchair Services: Some Distance Still to Travel Transition from Children's to Adult Services Working with Older Disabled People Adult Social Care and Older People: Practice Issues Home-Based Living Options for Disabled People Practice points with Assistive Technologies The Family Context: Informal Carers' Issues; Balancing the Rights of Disabled People with Those of Carers ConclusionValuing Diversity Introduction Mental Health Learning Disabled Service Users Gender and Disability Ethnicity and Disability Sexuality, Sexual Identity and Parenting ConclusionKey Challenges for an Aspiring Social Model Practitioner Introduction The Challenge of User Control and Choice; How Should a Social Model Practitioner Act? Managing the Managers: Budgetary Constraints and Street Level Bureaucracy: Dealing with a Disempowering System Mental Capacity and Power of Attorney: How Can the Duty of Care be Balanced with Social Model Practice? Practice Guidance Summarised Working with Colleagues in User-Led Organizations Users, Carers and Wider Service Providers: Seeing Disabled People in Context: The Central Place of the Disabled Person Relating the Legislation and Policy to the Practice Environment: How Can Professionals Develop 'Real Reflexivity' in Working with Disabled People? ConclusionConclusion