Living with Dyspraxia: A Guide for Adults with Developmental Dyspraxia

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Appendix 2
INDEPENDENT LIVING AND
COMMUNITY CARE

Deciding when to leave home can be a very big decision for those with dyspraxia. Parents worry about letting go, and about how their son or daughter will cope when they themselves are too elderly to care for them.

Everybody has a right to develop his or her natural potential and to follow an ordinary pattern of life in the community. You also have the right to be assessed by social services for care in the community. Social services can be your gateway to independent housing. Carers also have a right to be assessed to receive extra help.

Whatever you do, register with your local authority for housing. There are many possibilities: hostels, sheltered housing, respite care, home ownership with support, parental home with support, or residential colleges. Many are run by voluntary organisations.

It is very easy to feel intimidated when you go for a care assessment. Find out as much as you can about the assessment process before your appointment so that you will feel more confident.

Ask for a copy of the criteria that are going to be used for the assessment. You will have the right to talk for as long as you wish, so write down everything that you want to say while you are there. You have to be very clear about what your needs are, and communicate them effectively.

You can ask as many questions as you like, and can take notes. A friend or relative can accompany you.

Ask to receive a copy of the assessment, as you have a right to do so. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you have a right to complain under the NHS and Community Care Act. Social services and health authorities have separate complaints procedures. Enlist the help of your local Citizens Advice Bureau,

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