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Independent Living

Independence does not mean doing everything for ourselves. Instead it is about giving disabled people control over their support, thus enabling them to have the same choice, control and freedom in their lives as everyone else.

Disabled people have identified twelve basic principles for independent living which, if met, would enable them to fully participate in society. These are:

  • Full access to the environment
  • A fully accessible transport system
  • Technical aids and equipment
  • Accessible housing
  • Personal assistance
  • Inclusive education and training
  • An adequate income
  • Equal opportunities for employment
  • Appropriate and accessible information
  • Advocacy (towards self-advocacy)
  • Peer support
  • Appropriate and accessible health care provision