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Have your say on the Draft Hampshire Learning Disability Plan for Adults

Monday, 16 September 2013

The Draft Hampshire Learning Disability Plan for Adults, which looks at improving services for those with learning disabilities so they have the same rights, choices and opportunities in life as everyone else, is being published for everyone to comment on.

The easy read Plan will be available online. A hard copy or alternative format i.e. audio and braille can be requested by phoning 01962 847946. Comments can be submitted between Monday 16 September and Friday 6 December via the easy read questionnaire which was developed by people with learning disabilities.

People with learning disabilities, families, carers and those with a particular interest in improving services for adults with learning disabilities are all being encouraged to make their views heard.

The Plan has been developed by members of the Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board. There has been a high level of participation and co-production from people with learning disabilities, their families and carers as well as the County Council's Adult Services and Trading Standards departments, Southern Health NHS trust, and the Department of Work and Pensions. The Plan sets out what the people of Hampshire told the Board were good and bad, what they said would make things better and the promises that have been made by the organisations who run the services to help improve things.

Improvements in the Plan emphasise that people with a learning disability:

  • Have the right support that fits their needs, abilities and expectations provided by properly trained staff
  • Have better health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Have the right place to live based on individual needs and choices with the right support to live independently
  • Increase opportunities for social inclusion and have meaningful activities during the day, evenings and at weekends
  • Are safe in their homes and their communities and are able to get the right support if they do not feel safe
  • Have their rights promoted to help develop and maintain friendships, relationships and have their own families
  • Receive a whole family approach, enabling carers and their families to feel supported and live their lives in the way they wish to

Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Anna McNair Scott, said: "With an estimated 14,000 adults with learning disabilities in Hampshire the Plan has been developed with personalisation and choice as its foundation. It takes a holistic approach to meeting people's needs through both health and social care services working together to make improvements. It also includes promises from the Police, Trading Standards and housing providers to improve services. We want everyone with a learning disability to have the same rights, choices and opportunities in life as everyone else, so I would urge people to read the Plan and make their views heard."

Once the consultation closes the Plan will be finalised and approved by the Hampshire Learning Disability Partnership Board, Hampshire County Council and Hampshire's Five Clinical Commissioning groups. It will then be launched in the late spring of 2014.

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