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Understanding the complex negotiations in fulfilling the right to independent living for disabled people

Understanding the complex negotiations in fulfilling the right to independent living for disabled people
Understanding the complex negotiations in fulfilling the right to independent living for disabled people
The independent living agenda has become dominated by a rights focus which has helped drive national level shifts in setting norms and changing mind-sets. This paper is concerned with examining how rights are utilised by service providers in the process of facilitating independent living. Drawing on an empirical case-study of providers in Ireland, the paper identifies the strategies being used to put rights into practice. The findings show that in the process of creating a well-managed support arrangement for each individual, providers often take a delicate approach to using rights, and sometimes dilute their guiding principles when engaging in on-going complex negotiations between individuals, families, staff and volunteers. The disabled people's movement can contribute to the shared learning required in enabling managers handle this process better, rather than solely rely on an abstract call for rights.
independent living, rights, service provision, barrier, support, institution
0968-7599
204-217
Power, Andrew
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Power, Andrew
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Power, Andrew (2013) Understanding the complex negotiations in fulfilling the right to independent living for disabled people. Disability & Society, 28 (2), 204-217. (doi:10.1080/09687599.2012.699280).

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Abstract

The independent living agenda has become dominated by a rights focus which has helped drive national level shifts in setting norms and changing mind-sets. This paper is concerned with examining how rights are utilised by service providers in the process of facilitating independent living. Drawing on an empirical case-study of providers in Ireland, the paper identifies the strategies being used to put rights into practice. The findings show that in the process of creating a well-managed support arrangement for each individual, providers often take a delicate approach to using rights, and sometimes dilute their guiding principles when engaging in on-going complex negotiations between individuals, families, staff and volunteers. The disabled people's movement can contribute to the shared learning required in enabling managers handle this process better, rather than solely rely on an abstract call for rights.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 February 2012
e-pub ahead of print date: 18 July 2012
Published date: 2013
Keywords: independent living, rights, service provision, barrier, support, institution
Organisations: PHEW – C (Care), Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 339783
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/339783
ISSN: 0968-7599
PURE UUID: f12d822b-0987-49fc-8f6a-c2465b3c6fec
ORCID for Andrew Power: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3887-1050

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Date deposited: 30 May 2012 11:53
Last modified: 19 Jun 2019 00:32

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