The first webinar from the SDS Network was hosted by in Control Scotland. But as the webinar coincided with the COVID-19 crisis the first session also covered the issue of how people, families and services were coping with the crisis and some of the broader issues it raised.
The webinar began with a brief introduction from Keith Etherington:
Kirsi Konola of the Finnish organisation KVPS and also Vice president of EASPD (the European Association of the Services for Persons with Disabilities) provided an overview of what is happening across Europe:
Simon Duffy explored how people and families with self-directed support were coping and some of the big issues for the future that the crisis raises:
Keith Etherington's slides:
Kirsi Konola's slides:
Simon Duffy's slides:
This webinar was produced as part of the SDS Network project (SKILLS) which is supported by the European Union's Erasmus+ programme.
Dave Goswell is leading work to map the progress of self-directed support in different countries and regions around the world.
Leaders in self-directed support in Finland explain how systems are beginning to move towards and some of the early benefits
In the second SDS Network Webinar Keith, Danielle and Debbie described the development of self-directed support in Scotland. They explained its history and growth, its benefits and the current challenges.
Marsha explains how New Zealands' approach to self-directed support has developed from initial exceptional arrangements into what is now a central plank of Government policy.
John O'Brien and Robin Cooper share how SDS has evolved in the USA and the lessons therein for other countries.
Chris Watson of Self Directed Futures and Gary Kent of New Key and Jacqui Hendra of Devon County Council on ISFs.