Changes after COVID-19 on welfare policies and services for people with learning disabilitites and Autism: Acase study for England, United Kingdom

Ghosh, A. and Koutsogeorgou, E. 2023. Changes after COVID-19 on welfare policies and services for people with learning disabilitites and Autism: Acase study for England, United Kingdom. in: Disability Welfare Policy in Europe:Cognitive Disability and the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic UK Emerald Publishing Limited. pp. 167-188

Chapter titleChanges after COVID-19 on welfare policies and services for people with learning disabilitites and Autism: Acase study for England, United Kingdom
AuthorsGhosh, A. and Koutsogeorgou, E.
Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to explore changes since the COVID-19 pandemic in welfare policies and services for people with learning disabilities and autism in England, focusing mainly on educational and health and social care sectors. A review of official policy documents published on GOV. UK from January 2020 to May 2021 has been conducted using keywords on the topic in question, and semi-structured interviews took place in 2022 with four key informants / stakeholders working in health and social care or education sectors of people with learning disability or autism in England. The main findings indicate a need to shift practices online due to the pandemic, for both education and health and social-care practice. It is also clear that reforms and adjustments were implemented in guidance, policies and frameworks for the support of persons with learning disabilities and autism. It has been increasingly difficult for people with disabilities to access healthcare services and medication during the pandemic, and this has had an impact on their overall health and wellbeing too. Experts suggested that smoother changes and more support are required, in terms of provision of services, research, access to healthcare, educational services, mental health, employment, as well as more public funding on such services for people with learning disabilities and autism. The main lessons learned were focusing on the use of online resources, digitalisation of services and access to them, but also difficulty of the system to adapt fast to major changes required in order to support people with disabilities

KeywordsCovid-19 pandemic, cognitive disabilites, autism, welfare policies
Book titleDisability Welfare Policy in Europe:Cognitive Disability and the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic
Page range167-188
Year2023
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Publication dates
Published25 Jan 2023
Place of publicationUK
EditionFirst Edition
ISBN9781803828190
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80382-819-020231010
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