Officially the UK Government recognises that people with disabilities should not be forced into institutions. However far too many people still remain in institutional care. In particular, many people have been sent hundreds of miles from home and made to live in private hospitals or special units – places that are associated with increased levels of abuse, isolation and oppression.
The guide is for people, families and for those professionals who seek to work in genuine partnership with them. All the ideas and examples are based on real people and the collaborative work of helping people overcome the barriers that people face as they try to build the lives they deserve.