The Government has indicated that services for people with disabilities should promote the
following key principles:
• Respect people’s rights.
• Actively promote people’s independence.
• Ensure that people have and are able to make choices in all areas of their lives.
• Create opportunities for people to be included rather than separated from society.
If you are assessed as needing support, the local authority will help you access community support services. These can include help in the home (explained on page 22), adaptations and
equipment (see page 12), holidays and even a care home place (see page 53), if appropriate.
For people looking to move out of their family home, there are a number of options that could
be explored before considering residential care. Some people may be able to have their own flat
with support coming into their home. There is also the option of supported living, where someone can live on their own or share a property with one or more other people with support provided for all. These can give great independence and choice. Supported living is explained on page 47.
A good quality care home can also help to promote independence and can be a step towards more independent living for some people who may initially require more support. There are other alternatives too, such as Adult Placement or Shared Ownership schemes that could be considered and these can be set up through a social care practitioner from the local authority’s Community Learning Disability Teams. Contact your local team listed adjacent for further advice about your housing options.
Community Learning Disability Teams
Community Learning Disability Teams (CLDTs), work with adults aged 18 and over who have a
learning disability and are not able to manage without the right kind of support. The teams are
trained in many disciplines, including speech and language therapy, sensory services, behaviour
therapy and physiotherapy. The services can be accessed by both inpatients and outpatients.
South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Ely House, Ely Way, Basildon, Essex SS14 2BQ
Tel: 01268 739130
– Castle Point and Rochford
Council Offices, Kiln Road, Benfleet
Essex SS7 1TF
Tel: 01268 739134
Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea
Essex SS1 9SB
Tel: 01268 739133
North East Essex Community Learning Disability Team
Lexden Site, London Road, Colchester
Essex CO3 4DB
Tel: 01206 363255
Mid Essex Community Learning Disability Team
Springwood Drive, Braintree, Essex CM7 2YN
Tel: 01376 308700
West Essex Community Learning Disability Team
The Plain, Epping, Essex CM16 6TN
Tel: 01279 827110