Maples service user, Jon, and his father visited the Skills for Care forum in London to develop a series of person-centred "pen pictures" of people with learning disabilities and / or autism, who are at risk of displaying behavior which can be seen as challenging.

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Working with the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group and the Transforming Care program workforce, these examples are being developed to help in the planning of support options and will cover a range of individuals and situations.

The vision statement of the Transforming Care program states that: “Children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges, including those with a mental health condition have the right to the same opportunities as anyone else to live satisfying and valued lives and, to be
treated with the same dignity and respect. They should have a home within their community, be able to develop and maintain relationships and get the support they need to live a healthy, safe and fulfilling life.”

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