No Sanctuary: Missed Opportunities in Health and Social Services for Homeless People with Dyslexia

Macdonald, Stephen J and Deacon, Lesley (2015) No Sanctuary: Missed Opportunities in Health and Social Services for Homeless People with Dyslexia. Social Work and Social Sciences Review., 17 (3). ISSN 1746-6105

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between dyslexia, homelessness and access to
health and social services. This is a quantitative study analysing data from the Multiple Exclusion
Homelessness across the United Kingdom Survey. Data was collected from 443 participants who
had experienced some form of homelessness in the UK. A comparison was made between people with
dyslexia and those homeless people without this condition. The data findings in this paper appear
to reveal that people with dyslexia are overrepresented within the survey’s homeless population. It
may be expected that people with dyslexia might not come in contact with health professionals and
social workers as support for this condition generally takes place within an educational environment.
Yet this study seems to indicate that homeless people with dyslexia have greater contact with health
professionals and social workers compared with non-dyslexic homeless people. This paper suggests
that health and social services need to consider conditions like dyslexia in order to develop support
for this particular group of people that have experienced homelessness.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Divisions: Centre for Applied Social Sciences
Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > Department of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Vicky Trueman
Date Deposited: 10 May 2016 15:30
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2017 17:12
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/5395

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