Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)!

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) took place on Sunday 3 December as an opportunity to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at every level of society.

To celebrate, we drew attention to two recent HAPPI Hour webinars that explored issues around physical and learning disabilities:

Health and Housing: Creating a Better Pathway to Recovery

With system pressures and demand for acute and community health and adult social services locally, there is increasingly a range of new and innovative approaches to supporting people at home following a hospital stay or to prevent an admission/readmission. 

In association with PROcare Ltd and Invisible Creations, this HAPPI Hour session took a tour of several exciting projects and programmes that enable people to stay independent for longer or regain their independence.

These initiatives span from new neighbourhood apartments that offer step down/step up facilities and accessing advice and information services whilst still in hospital, to installing inclusively-designed aids and adaptations, as well as future-proofing their homes.

Better Housing Choices for People with a Learning Disability or Autism

The Supported Housing (Regulatory Oversight) Act 2023 came into force on 29 August and sets a framework for new systems for the supported housing and older person’s housing sector. 

This HAPPI Hour session outlined the new legislation and explored recent research conducted by Housing LIN for the Learning Disability and Autism Housing Network (LDAHN) into the state of the supported housing market.

The HAPPI Hour session also shared the findings of the most up-to-date information on the size, scope, cost, supply, and importantly future need for supported housing in England for individuals with a learning disability and autistic people.