Where next for the accommodation and support for people with learning disabilities? 

In adult social care it is essential to reflect on our thinking and that is why ADASS is pleased to bring you this provocative report on accommodation and support for people with learning disabilities or autism or both. This report brings together a range of views – and not all of them are ones that ADASS members will agree with. Nor, for that matter, are they necessarily views shared by the learning disability provider Consensus, whose sponsorship made this report possible. But as we all continue with our efforts to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities or autism or both, it is important to maintain an open debate. Challenging our notions is helpful. We might not change
our minds but it is always worth questioning our beliefs so that we do not fall into lazy oversimplification of complex
problems. Exchanging ideas is vital if we are to develop personalised services that enable people with learning disabilities and autism or both to live more independent lives. I hope you find this report as stimulating and useful as I did.

Sean McLaughlin

ADASS Learning Disability Co-Lead