Hft responds to Women & Equalities Select Committee inquiry


Hft has responded to a consultation by the Women & Equalities Select Committee on “Disability and the Built Environment”. The committee’s enquiry sought to explore the extent to which the needs of those with physical and mental disabilities are considered and accommodated in our built environment, and ask whether more could be done to increase the accessibility and inclusivity of both new and existing properties and spaces.

As part of their response, Hft highlighted examples of best practise from their Ryeford Court and Lympne Place properties, and revealed plans for an autism-friendly building at their Ugley site.

Chris Hughes, Executive Director of Environments, commented: “Through the development and implementation of the Fusion Model, Hft has put the need of the people we support at the heart of everything that we do. This includes the built environment, where we have used architecture, interior design and personalised technology to make our buildings more accessible to the people we support.  We are delighted to share these examples with the Women and Equalities Committee, and hope that they find our response to be useful.”

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About Hft

Hft is a UK charity supporting more than 2,900 adults with learning disabilities across England and Wales to live the best life possible. Established in 1962, the charity uses its own unique Fusion Model to consistently deliver high quality, person-centred support across all its services.

Services range from supported living to residential care – from a few hours a week to 24 hours a day. Hft also helps people with learning disabilities to take part in daily activities, make friends and develop relationships and to find work.

For more information about Hft, please visit www.hft.org.uk

Information about learning disabilities

A learning disability can be mild, moderate, severe or profound and is defined as having a reduced ability to:

  • Understand new or complex information
  • Learn new skills
  • Live independently

For more information about learning disabilities, please visit www.hft.org.uk/resources-and-guidance

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