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- 1) What is independent living?
- 2) Social care support
- 3) Asking for an assessment
- 4) Community care assessments
- 5) Being eligible for social care support
- 6) Financial assessments
- 7) Care and support planning
- 8) Direct Payments
- 9) Reviews
- 10) How to appeal against a social care decision
- 11) Advocacy
- 12) Carer’s assessments
- 13) Independent Living Fund
- 14) Other types of independent living support
- 15) Links
What is independent living?
Independent living is about disabled people being able to live in the community with choice and control over the support we need to be fully included. Independent living is not about doing everything for yourself.
The UK is signed up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
Article 19 of the Convention says that countries who are signed up will recognise the equal right of all disabled people to “live in the community, with choices equal to others” and shall take measures to ensure disabled people’s “full inclusion and participation in the community”.
To explain what independent living means in practice, the disabled people’s movement has identified a range of issues that need to be worked on and improved to make independent living a reality.
These “12 Pillars of Independent Living” are:
- accessible information
- enough money to live on
- accessible health and social care
- a fully accessible transport system
- an accessible environment (places and buildings)
- aids and equipment
- accessible housing
- personal assistance
- inclusive education and training
- equal opportunities for employment
- independent advocacy and self-advocacy
- peer support and counselling
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