This textbook brings together a wide range of expert voices from the field of disability studies and the disabled people's movement to tackle the essential topics relevant to this area of study. From the outset disability is discussed from a social model perspective, demonstrating how future practice and discourse could break down barriers and lead to more equal relationships for disabled people in everyday life.
An interdisciplinary and broad-ranging text, the book includes 50 chapters on topics relevant across health and social care. Reflective questions and suggestions for further reading throughout will help readers gain a critical appreciation of the subject and expand their knowledge.
This will be valuable reading for students and professionals across disability studies, health, nursing, social work, social care, social policy and sociology.
Chapter 26: Independent Living
The idea of independent living, which emerged in the US and UK in the 1970s as a direct response to disabled people's experiences of institutionalisation and segregation, fundamentally challenged culturally normative views on ‘caring’. It also shook up uncritical assumptions about independence, such as the idea that disabled people should aspire to physical independence or self-reliance. Disabled people define independent living as a means to having meaningful choices and control over their own lives:
Independent living means all disabled people having the same freedom, choice and control as other citizens at home, at work, and in the community. It does not mean living by yourself or fending for yourself. It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ...