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Taking Charge: a practical guide to living with a disability or health condition

26th November 2014

Disability Rights UK have produced a guide called Taking Charge which complies practical information and advice on the rights disabled people can expect in order to access services, education and employment.  Taking Charge is a tool to get everyone enjoying the same levels of choice and control to lead the lives they want.   Read more

Going into hospital because of mental health difficulties or challenging behaviours: what families need to know

26th November 2014

This booklet produced by NHS England is for parents, or anyone who cares about and is close to a person with learning disabilities. It will help you to protect their interests if they are admitted to hospital because of mental health difficulties or because they present behaviours that are challenging.   Read more

Launch of accessible voting resources for adults with learning disabilities

26th November 2014

Learning disability charity United Response has launched a set of resources that aim to open up politics to the 1.5 million adults with learning disabilities across the UK – many of whom did not vote at the last general election. Read more

Staying safe on social media and on line

26th November 2014

This easy read guide developed by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities includes tips for people with learning disabilities on how to stay safe on social media and online. Read more

Small care homes and the Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care report

22nd October 2014

In addition to providing a roundup of responses from the social care sector to the recently published State of Care report, this article from the Guardian Social Care Network also highlights that the State of Care report found that small care homes did better than medium and large care homes on complying with quality standards for … Read more

New publication on dementia for people with a learning disability

20th October 2014

Alzheimer’s Society, in partnership with the British Institute for Learning Disabilities (BILD), has launched two new factsheets for people with learning disabilities. The factsheets are in Easy Read format and can be downloaded here. They use simple sentences and photo illustrations in a clear, accessible layout, aimed at making the topic of dementia easy to … Read more

Support to councils from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) for meeting Care Act requirements

20th October 2014

As councils are revving up to meet their new Care Act duties to improve information about support services available in their local communities in time for the April 2015 deadline, TLAP have published a guide to help with the task. The Guide, split into three parts, has been developed with six local authorities to highlight … Read more

Launch of the Care Quality Commission’s annual State of Care Report

20th October 2014

This report gives the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) perspective on the state of health care and adult social care in England in 2013/2014. Overall, the CQC have found some outstanding care and rated many services as good. However they have also found services that are inadequate or require improvement. The CQC advise that in their … Read more

Significant awareness raising days in the year

8th October 2014

Check out this list that we have pulled together of some significant dates in the year that you may wish to find out more about and connect with where they have relevance things that are of interest to you or to the work you are doing. 21st September World Alzheimer’s Day 1st October International Day of older persons 10th … Read more

Care Quality Commission listening events

6th October 2014

The Care Quality  Commission (CQC) are holding a series of  listening events for people to share their your experiences of care services with them – whether good or bad, the CQC want to hear about it. Dates and venues for each listening event are on this page and more will be posted as they become available. The CQC welcome anyone who … Read more