LGBTQI+* Disabled People and Self-Directed Social Care Support

Organisation: University of Bristol

Published Date: 2009

Author: Norah Fry

LGBTQI+ Disabled People who use self-directed support reported many positives from having more choice, control and power.

Concerns included: coming out to social care staff jeopardising support; difficulties in recruiting and retaining good PAs; difficulties in securing support for ‘social hours’ leading to social isolation; and reactions of other people.

Assessments should emphasise the whole person, not ignore sexual orientation or gender identity. Staff should draw on their professional training, ethical practice and legal obligations to raise equalities issues confidently and sensitively.

There is a need for more targeted support and information for LGBTQI+ Disabled People as well as more information for their PAs.

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