“Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
– Booker T Washington
Raising Our Sights
Raising Our Sights is a milestone report examining services for adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities in the UK.
Undertaken by Professor Jim Mansell of the Tizard Centre, University of Kent, it was submitted to the government in 2010.
Parity for Disability welcomed the publication of this report which highlighted issues that Parity had been championing locally for more than 20 years. In particular, the importance of:
an individualised and person-centred service;
a family-focused approach to commissioning services;
funding for continued specialist advocacy;
more effective transition arrangements so that appropriate services are provided as people move into adulthood;
up-to-date information about the number, needs and circumstances of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities to enable effective planning of services;
sufficient staff trained in person-centred approaches to communication and support;
assistive technology that gives people with profound and multiple disabilities the opportunity to communicate, and the ability to indicate a preference or control an event.
In addition, Mansell addresses inequality of access to appropriate healthcare, pointing out specific health problems where services for adults often do not recognise and intervene effectively. He identifies inadequate wheelchair services as a major source of difficulty, and the potential of communication aids is only beginning to be appreciated in adult services.
Further details can be found in the full report.