Unit 34

Unit 34
1. Understanding the importance of differentiating between the individual and the disability.

1.1To be identified as a person with a physical disability rather than a person who has feelings, emotions rights, and who needs respect is degrading. Individuals with disabilities are first and foremost people. People who’s social, emotional and communication needs must all be considered before thinking about their disability. To not fulfil these basic human needs will result in failure to develop emotional resilience, thrive and form relationships with others.
Identity is powerful, it allows us all to express who we are, our thoughts, believes and opinions. To label somebody as disabled removes their ability to form an identity.
To empower an individual they must feel like they are being listened to, their thoughts and feelings are important and they are respected.

Person centred planning is not synonymous with “needs led” or “client centred” or “holistic” assessment or care planning. These start with the individual but are not necessarily person centred. The definition of “needs” used in care management, for example, is a “system construct”. Needs are defined as those things for which the person is deemed eligible according to interpretation of policy and the resources of the local social services department. Person centred planning goes beyond this definition of needs, considers people’s aspirations, is not limited by entitlement to services and is not necessarily dependent upon professional involvement. Person centred planning is concerned with the whole of someone’s life, not just their need for services
Person centred planning is rooted in the belief that people with disabilities are entitled to the same rights, opportunities and choices as other members of the community. Disability does not justify poor treatment, low standards, injustice or oppression. Person centred planning starts from an assumption of common decency: ’What is a decent...