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Ask, Wait, Listen: How social workers should work with people who struggle to speak or write

Practitioners working with stroke survivors who struggle to speak, read or write must seek out the best method of communication to ensure effective assessments, says former social worker Susan Betts. Working as the Stroke Association as an information, advice and support co-ordinator has given me a new perspective on how hard the benefits and social […]

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What disabled people want to tell the world one year on from Paralympics

An exhibition launches today that attempts to increase the visibility of disabled people amid concerns that the ‘Paralympics effect’ has faded one year on from the end of the games. Charity and support provider United Response has compiled 350 postcards of images made by disabled people that respond to the question: What do you want […]

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Government recognises link between housing and care with increase in home adaptations grant

Additional government support for the Disabled Facilities Grant will enhance independent living and takes the pressure off other services, writes Andy Chaplin The devil is always in the detail and the latest Spending Review was no exception. While other announcements grabbed the headlines, funding for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFGs) – used to pay for adaptations […]

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Will Osborne be convinced by economic case for social care?

With three weeks to go until George Osborne unveils how much (or little) money local government (and hence adult social care) will be getting in 2015-16, disability charities are ramping up their campaign for a fair deal for the sector. Having previously focused on the moral case for care, and specifically for ensuring everyone with […]

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‘Disabled people and carers must seize control of their destinies’

Disabled people and carers should follow the example of Rosa Parks (pictured) and not leave their destinies in the hands of systems that exclude them, says Lynn Elwell. There is no doubt that we are experiencing massive changes, both in our economy and in people’s expectations. So we all need to re-examine the best use […]

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Why social workers must tackle the emotional impact of stroke

A  survey of stroke survivors published today found that 60% felt depressed as a direct result of their stroke, yet after-care often focuses on physical rehabilitation. Clinical psychologist Dr Catherine Ford says it is vital that social workers and other professionals respond to the emotional impact of stroke. Imagine one night you experience a medical […]

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‘Enlist user-led organisations to solve social care funding crisis’

As the costs of supporting younger disabled adults rise faster than those for older people, councils must enlist the help of user-led organisations to ensure sustainable budgets, argues Theo Blackmore. Disability Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have produced a report from data compiled by the National Adult Social Care Information Service.  This report demonstrates […]

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Overcoming the snooze factor – why the Care and Support Bill matters

I’m going to be spending this afternoon at my computer watching the latest evidence session held by the parliamentary committee that is scrutinising the draft Care and Support Bill.  And, no, I’m not anticipating reacting as above, as I listen to a group of sector leaders tell MPs and peers what they think of the government’s […]

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Care bill debate: national care threshold likely to be at substantial level

I’ve just been listening to the latest evidence session of the parliamentary committee to scrutinise the Draft Care and Support Bill – which is designed to clarify, codify and modernise the law on adult social care in England in a single statute. So it’s pretty important (and will also apparently save social workers 20 to […]

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‘Anti-cuts groups risk undermining social model of disability’

Technological and social progress mean the government is right to look at reducing benefits and support for disabled people and campaigns against cuts risk undermining inclusion, argues disability issues consultant, trainer and activist Simon Stevens. It appears to be currently extremely fashionable to be against the welfare reforms and cuts. I must make it very […]

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