Community-based day activities and supports for people with learning disabilities

10 key tasks - Key task 5: Creating a barrier-free community

Important things for commissioners and managers to do

Important things for staff supporting people in community-based activities to do

What is 'an inclusive environment’ and 'inclusive design’?

The Disability Rights Commission 2002 describes an inclusive environment as:

The Centre for Accessible Environments says that inclusive design:

Practice examples

In Norfolk, car ownership has been pursued for one in every three people using their community-based day service, by using the mobility element of people’s benefits. There are no large buses and all support workers are drivers.

Community centres in Shotts and Moodiesburn have been refurbished to provide better access for disabled people. New changing areas have been developed with tracking and hoist equipment. The initiative, achieved through the day service modernisation strategy, received a corporate award in the category of promoting social inclusion.

The day service modernisation manager in Nottingham used the PAMIS Changing Places campaign video to help persuade neighbourhood services, chief officers and councillors that work was needed to achieve accessible facilities locally. A working group of access officers, architects, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and staff from neighbourhood services created a design and then tried out a mock-up. The council has been convinced: the redevelopment of the Market Square in Nottingham will include an adult changing facility, and others are in the pipeline too.

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