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Why is Self-Directed Support So Hard?

Simon Duffy offers an overview of the global and historical development of Self-Directed Support (SDS). 

This talk was given at an In Control Scotland event in Glasgow in 2020 and builds on the work of the global SDS Network.


The publisher is the Centre for Welfare Reform.

Slides on Why Is Self-Directed Support So Hard? © Simon Duffy 2020.

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SDS Network: Developments in Finland

SDS Network: Developments in Finland

Leaders in self-directed support in Finland explain how systems are beginning to move towards and some of the early benefits

SDS Network: SDS in the USA

SDS Network: SDS in the USA

John O'Brien and Robin Cooper share how SDS has evolved in the USA and the lessons therein for other countries.

Self-Directed Support for Service Providers

Self-Directed Support Service Providers

This report on Self-Directed Support in Europe sets out strategies for service providers to work in partnership with people with disabilities and their families.

Lobbying for Self-Directed Support

Lobbying for Self-Directed Support

Simon Duffy describes some of the strategies that can be used to shift systems towards the use of self-directed support.

Principles of Self-Directed Support

Principles of Self-Directed Support

These seven principles provide the ethical context for the implementation of Self-Directed Support as a system for reforming care and support.

Self-Directed Support

Self-Directed Support

Self-directed support is the 7 step process by which people obtain control over their support in order to achieve a better life for themselves.

Self-Directed Support Graphics in Finnish

SDS Graphics in Finnish

Infographics on self-directed support translated into Finnish developed for the SDS Network.

Map of ISFs in England

Map of ISFs in England

Map showing progress on Individual Service Funds (ISFs) in the country.

Self-Directed Support

Self-Directed Support

Simon Duffy talks about the development of self-directed support in the UK.