Alicia works as a freelance facilitator, writer, trainer and speaker in a range of topics connected to housing and people with learning disabilities, supported living, day service change and community development. She also currently works with Housing Options, the national housing advice service for people with learning disabilities.
Alicia is a qualified psychotherapist who has worked extensively with people with mental ill health and learning disabilities who have labels of ‘challenging behaviour’. Through this work, it became apparent that peoples ‘problems’ were less about them and more about the systems and structures around them that do not recognise people as individuals- this ignited a passion for enabling people to get ordinary lives through person centred approaches to housing and support and a shift away from service orientated responses to housing and support.
Alicia has worked in the statutory and voluntary sectors and has led strategies to create more housing for people with learning disabilities and managed a pilot project to test home ownership options and natural supports for people with learning disabilities. Much of Alicia’s work since has been in trying to embed person centred approaches to housing and support with local authorities and providers.
Alicia has written many publications including: Reach Standards in Supported Living, Reach Out - personalising community and day services, Gadgets, Gizmos & Gaining Independence - the use of Assistive Technology by People with a Learning Disability and Choice Based Letting and People with a Learning Disability. She has also developed accessible materials around housing and support including tools for planning, a video and an accessible guide for tenants.
Alicia lives in Northern Spain with her husband and daughter and enjoys walking, reading, cooking and sleeping!