Publish date: 21st April 2016
To celebrate and support the campaign we thought we'd share a few brief case studies of some of those we've already been privileged to help move out of ATUs and into homes of their own using the unique Government approved HOLD (Home Ownership for people with Long-term Disabilities) model that we're here to support. Here's the third, Terry's story...
Name: Terry, aged 21, who has Challenging Behaviour, Learning Disabilities and Autism.
Dilemma: Terry had previously been in a specialist 'out of borough' hospital which was an agonising 460 mile round trip for parents who don't drive. He was moved into private rented accommodation closer to them in 2013 but sadly served notice by his landlord as his neighbours had made complaints about him and contacted their MP.
Solution: A 3 bed bungalow (with 2:1 care) near wide open spaces and with lots of room for him to move around.
Outcome: Terry now lives less than 2 miles from his parents who are visiting regularly and rebuilding their relationship with him.
Quote: "If this move hadn't taken place there was a high risk that Terry would be hospitalised out of county in a secure environment. This would have been catastrophic for Terry and the amazing work that has been done with and for him would set him back many years in self awareness and self confidence", the words of a professional who worked with us to help make Terry's move happen.
Terry's just one of over 1,200 people we've been able to help, sadly without new mortgage lending however we won't be able to help many more. We're very grateful for the current support of Reliance Bank, Newbury Building Society and Buckinghamshire Building Society but if you think your Bank or Building Society should also be providing HOLD mortgages why not get in touch with them right now to let them know?
Learning Disability England is launching a brand new initiative called Good Lives 2020. It aims to empower people with learning disabilities to put into action the changes that they want see in their lives and society as a whole.
If you or someone you have been visiting in a residential care facility have been mistreated in any way University of Leeds Centre for Disability Studies would like to hear from you.
The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) is carrying out some research into the provision of housing services for people with Learning Disabilities and has developed two short surveys, one for Commissioners and one for Service Providers.