Sara Ryan In progress
Despite considerable government policy and research about how to support learning disabled people to lead good lives, this does not appear to be happening. People lack friendships, fewer than 6% have jobs and life expectancy is lower than average. Recent reports highlight the importance of change led by direct support staff because they can see ‘cracks’ not visible to others.
This project aims to use a ‘Capability Approach’ to explore how learning disabled people can be supported to lead flourishing lives. A Capability Approach highlights the importance of people being able to do the things they value which is the key to wellbeing but is rarely used in social care. This study will examine what enabling support looks like to those who receive social care and how it can be put into practice.
This project involves: