We asked for your views about a new 5 year plan or "strategy" which will support the 600+ adults with learning disabilities in Powys and help them to be in control of their lives and feel supported and respected by those around them.
We wanted to know two main things:
The closing date for this consultation was Friday 22 May 2015.
When providing information or letters or appointments these should be in pictures not just words. Professionals should think outside the box and consider the use of photographs or diagrams. E.g. a photograph of a particular place or person could help reduce a person’s anxiety levels and allow them to navigate to a hospital appointment in visual terms knowing where or who they need to see. All information should also be clear and easy to read.
There needs to be more consistency and more choice given to individuals with learning disabilities about the services they want, those they need and who is best placed to deliver them.
There needs to be more specialist services and qualified and competent staff in place to support people with learning disabilities and in particular for people with sensory loss.
Adults with learning disabilities should be given more opportunities to get involved in service development.
People with learning difficulties should be able to live near their families and offered the support they need to live fulfilled lives.
The lack of specialist provision needs addressing especially in relation to residential colleges. More work needs to be done with the current college group to support younger adults with learning disabilities to study post school and move into work opportunities.
There needs to be more availability and flexibility around respite and short breaks to support both adults with learning disabilities and their carers/families.
Task professionals to ensure any information provided is not just clear and concise but in a format that best suits an individual client’s needs.
Make sure that all the relevant organisations, agencies (including advocacy) and family members – but most importantly that the individual themselves – are listened to and involved in making decisions that affect their lives. (Known as Person Centred Planning).
Ensure that we recruit specialist staff where needed and that staff training is relevant and joined up so as to sustain standards and give individuals with learning disabilities the best possible support and service.
Consider how best to provide individuals with opportunities to have their voice heard and influence future service delivery from inviting someone to sit on an interview panel, be a regular member of a forum or access an advocacy group.
Work with housing staff and external providers to make sure that people’s current and future housing needs are supported including considering floating support and extra care type schemes as appropriate. Floating support is where a dedicated worker supports several individuals living in a particular community. Extra care is a type of sheltered housing option where people live in specially built homes which have specific services alongside like a hairdressers.
Develop new social worker posts around transition so as to support people at certain points in their life including education and work to strengthen links with local colleges to improve courses for people with learning disabilities.
Make sure that respite services are providing fairly across the county.