Knowledge Base

The knowledge base is a free source of information both for supported employment and for disability / employment support generally. In addition to contributions from BASE and its member organisations, the knowledge base also acts as an archive for initiatives such as Valuing People Now.

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Format: 2017
Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Mental health
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

This study was commissioned by the West Midlands Mental Health Commission, a task force set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), to assess the current costs of mental ill health and current service provision across the region. It was led by the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham in partnership with the Centre for Mental Health.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Education & training, Autism
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Best practice

Finding Work,  a digital workbook published by National Autistic Society, is available to download for free. 

Topics: 
Access To Work
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

Access to Work is now using a specific medical form in connection with claims for travel to work. The new form can be completed by someone that knows the individual really well, giving a clear indication why the person needs support with Travel to Work. Once completed this then needs to be signed by a medical professional to verify that the information is accurate. This could be the GP, Practice Nurse, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Learning Disability Nurse but it can’t be signed by a non-medical person such as Social Worker or Support worker.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Sensory impairment
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

This longitudinal research project was designed in 2009 by a team from RNIB and VICTAR (Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research at the University of Birmingham). The key objectives of the project are:

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Supported employment, Disability employment gap, Disability Confident
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Research

The Learning and Work Institute was commissioned by Brighton & Hove’s Equalities and Inclusion Partnership (EquIP) to conduct research into the barriers to employment, volunteering and skills development for disabled people and individuals with long term health conditions in Brighton & Hove, and to provide recommendations on how the council and their partners can remove such barriers, so that disabled people in Brighton & Hove are able to compete effectively for jobs and maintain employment and/or volunteering opportunities. 

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Strategy
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

This policy report from Labour MPs, disabled people, and experts on disability and work, with a foreword from Yvette Cooper, chair of the Changing Work Centre, puts forward a number of proposals to ensure disabled people play a key role in the changing world of work. With action from government and employers to remove the barriers of today and tomorrow, we can put inclusivity at the heart of the future of work.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Autism, Disability employment gap
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Video clip, Report

The National Autistic Society has published a report about employment. A 2016 survey has found that just 16% of people with an autism condition are in full-time paid employment. This compares to 15% in 2007.  The NAS has launched a campaign, including a video, report and petition, to change things. 

http://www.autism.org.uk/TMI

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Sensory impairment, Reasonable adjustments
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Research, Report

Deafblind people can work, however many will need specialist support to enable them to do so.  Sense campaigns to ensure those deafblind people who want to work get the support they need to gain employment and those deafblind people who work are supported to do their job well and can progress in their career.

Sense has written a report about the barriers deafblind people face when looking for work and when in employment and learn about the solutions that can help more deafblind people to gain and sustain employment.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Best practice, Research

Individual placement and support (IPS) is a vocational rehabilitation programme that was developed in the USA to improve employment outcomes for people with severe mental illness. Its ability to be generalised to other countries and its effectiveness in varying economic conditions remains to be ascertained. Aims To investigate whether IPS is effective across international settings and in different economic conditions. Method

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Strategy, Scotland, Customer engagement
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

This report from the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability maps the employability landscape for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. The report details the findings, and includes conclusions and specific recommendations for a variety of stakeholders. Four key action areas have been identified. They include the need to: * Overcome the low expectations held by parents, schools, colleges and employers.

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