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Personalisation in practice : supporting young people with disabilities through the transition to adulthood

By: Franklin, Suzie.
Contributor(s): Sanderson, Helen.
Publisher: London Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2014Description: 125 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781849054430.Subject(s): DISABILITY | AUTISM | ADOLESCENTS | YOUNG ADULTS | TRANSITIONS | TRANSITION PLANNING | TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO ADULT LIFE | PERSON CENTRED PLANNING | INDIVIDUALISED FUNDING | INDEPENDENT LIVING | CHOICE | CIRCLES OF SUPPORT | SUPPORT SERVICES | SUPPORT STAFF
Contents:
Foreword|Acknowledgements|About the authors 1. An introduction to Jennie 2. Early years 3. Transition and person-centred reviews 4. Jennie's 'circle of support' 5. Jennie's personal budget and developing a support plan 6. Finding Jennie a place to live 7. Finding a service provider 8. Getting the right staff for Jennie 9. Training and supporting staff to be 'Jennie experts' 10. Making it all happen : person-centred reviews and change 11. Two years on : a new PATH 12. Our advice for families, schools, providers and local authorities|Afterword by Andrew Webb|Appendix: Person-centred thinking tools|Index
Summary: "This book demonstrates clearly how the personalisation of support and services works in practice. The authors describe how Jennie, a young person with autism and learning difficulties, was supported through the transition from school to living independently using simple, evidence-based person-centred planning tools. Jennie's story illustrates the importance of quality person-centred reviews, dispels the myths surrounding Individual Service Funds and personal budgets and demonstrates how families, schools and other agencies can work collaboratively to help young people with disabilities move into adulthood with more choice and control over their lives, and with better life prospects." - BOOK JACKETReview: Jennie is a young woman with autism and learning difficulties. This book tells the story of how she has successfully made the transition from living with her family to having her own flat and a support team paid for by a personal budget. Written by Jennie’s Mum, Suzie, the book aims to show how person-centred practices helped Jennie and her family to achieve this goal. Chapters cover Jennie’s diagnosis and early years, an introduction to person-centred planning and the creation of an Essential Lifestyle Plan (ELP), person-centred reviews, Jennie’s circle of support and its effectiveness, creating a PATH (person-centred future planning), Jennie’s personal budget, putting together Jennie’s support specifications and her decision-making agreement, finding a place to live, finding a service provider, getting the right staff and finally advice for families, schools, providers and local authorities. So this is great, and all the better for being illustrated by someone’s personal journey with wonderfully positive outcomes. However, as this is an English publication, the specifics of funding, providers, support services, resources, legislation and policy are not relevant to New Zealand, and although the general principles would apply anywhere the nitty gritty is missing. What might be helpful for New Zealand families is to read this book in conjunction with the Parent & Family Resource Centre’s publication “Four Go Flatting”.
List(s) this item appears in: Transition/leaving school. Mar 2017 | Leaving school. Oct 17 CM | Transition July 2018 F | Teen Life Programme - Session 6 | Secondary Transition (Cat) April 17
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Foreword|Acknowledgements|About the authors
1. An introduction to Jennie
2. Early years
3. Transition and person-centred reviews
4. Jennie's 'circle of support'
5. Jennie's personal budget and developing a support plan
6. Finding Jennie a place to live
7. Finding a service provider
8. Getting the right staff for Jennie
9. Training and supporting staff to be 'Jennie experts'
10. Making it all happen : person-centred reviews and change
11. Two years on : a new PATH
12. Our advice for families, schools, providers and local authorities|Afterword by Andrew Webb|Appendix: Person-centred thinking tools|Index

"This book demonstrates clearly how the personalisation of support and services works in practice. The authors describe how Jennie, a young person with autism and learning difficulties, was supported through the transition from school to living independently using simple, evidence-based person-centred planning tools. Jennie's story illustrates the importance of quality person-centred reviews, dispels the myths surrounding Individual Service Funds and personal budgets and demonstrates how families, schools and other agencies can work collaboratively to help young people with disabilities move into adulthood with more choice and control over their lives, and with better life prospects." - BOOK JACKET

Jennie is a young woman with autism and learning difficulties. This book tells the story of how she has successfully made the transition from living with her family to having her own flat and a support team paid for by a personal budget. Written by Jennie’s Mum, Suzie, the book aims to show how person-centred practices helped Jennie and her family to achieve this goal.

Chapters cover Jennie’s diagnosis and early years, an introduction to person-centred planning and the creation of an Essential Lifestyle Plan (ELP), person-centred reviews, Jennie’s circle of support and its effectiveness, creating a PATH (person-centred future planning), Jennie’s personal budget, putting together Jennie’s support specifications and her decision-making agreement, finding a place to live, finding a service provider, getting the right staff and finally advice for families, schools, providers and local authorities.

So this is great, and all the better for being illustrated by someone’s personal journey with wonderfully positive outcomes. However, as this is an English publication, the specifics of funding, providers, support services, resources, legislation and policy are not relevant to New Zealand, and although the general principles would apply anywhere the nitty gritty is missing.

What might be helpful for New Zealand families is to read this book in conjunction with the Parent & Family Resource Centre’s publication “Four Go Flatting”.

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Simple, easy to read. useful.

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Good to have parent perspectives and real 'story' and involvement of Helen Sanderson key leader personal planning

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