Kirklees Council are considering developing an All Age Disability Service (a working title). The aim would be to reshape teams that currently work with children and adults with a disability to become an all age disability service – one that maximises the independence of children and young people in preparation for adult life and enables a seamless experience for disabled users in Kirklees.
Healthwatch Kirklees have discussed this idea with people with a disability and their parents/carers and the following themes emerged:
- People feel almost all the care, support and services mentioned in the engagement process are important to them.
- Some people feel that having an integrated, All Age Disability Service in Kirklees will be a positive step which should alleviate difficulties at times such as transition from children’s to adult’s disability services.
- There is some concern about the idea of having an All Age Disability Service; some people feel the integration of services is a cost cutting exercise and are fearful of either adult’s services or children and young people’s services losing funding
- People want to have a very clear idea of how an All Age Disability Service would impact them – what will change, what will stay the same, what will there be less/more of?
- Many people value the support they access at community-based settings, but some spoke more negatively about the help and advice they have received from statutory organisations.
- People would like good quality support which is accessible to all and is flexible and responsive to the needs of people with a disability and their parents/carers.
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