Working Age Adults consultation results published

News / Sun 27th Apr 2014 at 03:32pm

BACK in December 2013 Essex County Council consulted with residents on how it could improve services for adults with disabilities, today Thursday 24 April the results of this consultation are published.

Essex County Council wanted to understand how it could improve services to ensure adults with disabilities have the same life expectations, opportunities and outcomes as other citizens and therefore sought feedback on a number of key principles that would influence future service delivery. The principles were around whether adults with disabilities should be supported to live independently; whether carers should be provided with more support and whether there should be a focus on supporting people with disabilities to gain employment.

Over 380 people took part in the consultation and while there were some reservations how principles could be translated into practice, the majority of respondents agreed with the approach.

Participants were also given the opportunity to share their own ideas how adults with disabilities could be better supported to live more independent lives.

Essex County Councillor John Aldridge, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “I support the County Council’s approach to promoting greater independence for working age adults with disabilities by helping to give them the skills they need to live as normal a life as possible. The aim of this approach is to help people move away from a future of high, life-long, dependency on costly institutional services.

By increasing their independence and supporting them to access everyday life chances we hope to improve the opportunities for better health and wellbeing. The consultation responses indicate that this approach is generally welcomed by individuals and carers who believe that the move toward independent living will improve the quality of life for many of those with disabilities.”

The full consultation results are available at www.essexinsight.org.uk including in an easy read format. Hard copies can be ordered via [email protected]

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