Self-determining options: comparative perspectives in independent living law & policy

Power, Andrew (2012) Self-determining options: comparative perspectives in independent living law & policy. In, Quinn, Gerard and O'Mahony, Charles (eds.) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Comparative, Regional and Thematic Perspectives. Cambridge, GB, Intersentia.


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This chapter examines emerging models of Independent Living which are reshaping welfare states to give persons with disabilities more choice in self-determining their own support. These models are characterized in many western jurisdictions by ‘self-determination’ and ‘personalized support’ and emphasise choice in planning one’s own living arrangements and support packages to become more independent in the community. This is reflected in the goals of Article 19 of the UN CRPD (Living independently and being included in the community) which calls on States Parties to take effective and appropriate measures to ensuring that persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence, and have access to a range of in-, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance necessary to support living and inclusion in the community. Using comparative perspectives, from the US, British Columbia and Sweden, this paper focuses on the legislative, regulatory and policy options behind some of the transformation efforts. It identifies the challenges of moving from traditional models of welfare which have enforced many people into dependency towards individualized support models which encourage independence

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Geography and Environment > Population, Health & Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 344344
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2012In press
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 12:03
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:36

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