Learning Disabilities Problems

The not such a last resort:
Time for yet another book.

The First Book

As three decades of personal campaigning came to an apparently fruitless close I had not totally given up hope that there may be still light at the end of the tunnel. Winterbourne View gave such an illuminating and heart-searching insight into the narrowness and inadequacies of our national moral and ethical standards that I could not allow this to remain unaddressed. As has already been clearly stated, it is my firm conviction that for many years decisions regarding residential and day care policies have been made by the wrong people and implemented by the wrong organisations; furthermore, that this would not change until objectively debated in the public domain.

In 2005 I published an exposition detailing my conclusions and predictions concerning the possibility of a return to institutional care:

The Rise and Potential Demise of Structured Day Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities. 1955 - 2005


Although availability of this book was widely circulated by reputable publishing agencies and the message within was brought into the spotlight over the years by reputable professional publications the response was deafening by its absence -it was largely ignored.

As yet no influential person has answered the questions that I repeatedly posed directly and publicly despite many carrying a great deal of responsibility for the trauma and hardship created by current policy implementation: many simply plead ignorance of my views or the verifiable information upon which it is based.

I feel then that the time is right to publish another exposition that not only covers the history of policy development from which much should have been learnt, but wasn't, but also making public much of the correspondence detailing why I considered my views were justified and to whom as individuals and agencies these views were expressed.

The Second Book

Bold Visions: the short cut to inclusion - or the inevitable route to Winterbourne View?


The back cover synopsis provides the justification for publication:

"The dramatic reaction to the exposure of the Winterbourne View scandal left no doubt that the principles of Care in the Community policies introduced half a century ago are in tatters. This exposition poses the question of why such a laudable philosophy has gone so far off track; whether this outcome was predictable, who has been responsible for shaping policy developments and who has been implementing them? It attempts to draw attention to the possibility that current policies are based on fundamentally flawed premises and questions whether commendable philosophies become distorted and irrevocably lost as a consequence? It is hoped that the content will enable readers, whether layman, practitioner or professional, to form their own opinions. Hopefully it will prove controversial enough to stimulate wider debate at a national level.”

The threat of another horrific Winterbourne View scandal continues to grow as parents are being left with no choice but to reluctantly seek help from such institutions, as this the only option now readily available for them. Yet policy makers have continued to ignore the vital changes that need to be implemented in our society’s care system and to reverse the damaging regression they have caused with their fundamentally flawed policies.

The Monologues

In an effort to overcome the strong resistance of those unable to accept my rational and objective justifications, with my opinions and contributions to national debates continuously blocked, the need to give the public more than just the one-sided story became paramount.

The solution was a much more simplified and direct approach in the form of a brief monologues, with two distinctly different approaches: the first exposes the fragility of the policies upon which momentous decisions that led to the outcome of Winterbourne View were based; the second illustrates more accurately the problems that beset those with all levels of learning disability in attaining genuine acceptance by their communities.
The issue of genuine acceptance and inclusion arises from the apparent difficulty that policymakers have had in accepting that brain damage does actually exist. It confirms that there is a tremendous amount of productive capacity and contribution to the benefit of our society available if people with learning are provided with the right support, in the right environment, and the right quality staff

Good Intentions - And the Law of Unintended Consequences.


Lawrence: An Ambassador Extraordinary



How to Order

All books are available on Amazon per the above links.

Copies can be ordered from the author by e mailing chasah14@virginmedia.com

You may also order from any local reputable bookshops with the following information:

. The Rise and Potential Demise of Structured Day Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities 1955 – 2005
ISBN 978-1-899499-19-9

LEARNING DISABILITIES. Bold Visions: The Short Cut to Inclusion - or the Inevitable Route to Winterbourne View?
ISBN 978-1-899499-68-7

THE TRAGEDY OF WINTERBOURNE VIEW. Good Intentions - And the Law of Unintended Consequences
ISBN 978-1-899499-73-1

LEARNING DISABILITIES. Lawrence: An Ambassador Extraordinary
ISBN 978-1-8-99499-76-2


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