Alicia Wood FRSA FCWR
Alicia is the Chief Executive of the Housing & Support Alliance, a national membership, development and advice organisation that leads in developing and promoting community based approaches to housing and support for people with disabilities. She is currently developing Learning Disability England alongside People First England as a way to bring the learning disability sector behind people with learning disabilities to give them a stronger media and political presence. Alicia is a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts and Commerce and the Centre for Welfare Reform.
Alicia is trained as a psychotherapist and has worked 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 often 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. Alicia led on the national housing delivery plan for people with learning disabilities, working with the Department of Health, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government. She has also led national development programmes for In Control, Paradigm and the NDTi working on housing, community development and personalisation. 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 Lettings and People with a Learning Disability. Alicia also speaks and writes regularly on housing and social care in the television and print media.