Journal Article

Enabling Adults with Learning Disabilities to Articulate their Housing Needs

Alex McGlaughlin and Laura Gorfin

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 34, issue 5, pages 709-726
Published in print July 2004 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online July 2004 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch086
Enabling Adults with Learning Disabilities to Articulate their Housing Needs

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This study is about involving adults with learning disabilities in service planning by asking them to articulate their own needs in relation to housing. It also identifies some of the barriers to meeting the housing needs of this group. The views expressed indicate that ordinary housing with small numbers is the preference, and that appropriate support is highly valued. This suggests a need for housing of a supported living model or similar. The service users in this study were clearly able to verbalize their preferences as well as to think through potential options. However, there is also clear evidence that they feel powerless in making choices, with decisions being taken on their behalf by professionals and carers. This demonstrates the need for a cultural shift whereby the voices of adults with learning disabilities are heard and acted upon.

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Subjects: Social Work

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