Sunday, June 12, 2005

Adults with learning disabilities need happy homes, not 'care in the community'.

Ideally, mentally backward adults are looked after in happy homes and they have lots of friends among other mentally backward people.

The Labour government's policy of 'care in the community' often means that vulnerable adults are removed from homes and shoved into lonely flats where they fail to make any friends.,,2087-1650798,00.html

Minette Marin wrote about the failure of the UK policy of 'inclusion' in the Sunday Times, 12 June 2005.

Marrin argues that the government policy of 'care in the community' leads too often to loneliness and exclusion.

Marrin writes about vulnerable adults living alone in bedsits, 'bored, neglected and stuck indoors watching television.'

Marrin continues: 'What’s also very sad is that although the theory is that people with learning disabilities should have the chance of making normal friends in the normal community, subsequent research suggests this doesn’t actually happen — as one might have predicted.'

A study in 2002 found that people with learning disabilities are happier when they have a larger number of people with learning disabilities that they can mix with.

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