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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2008): Services for the disabled - overseas

The current status and future of centers for independent living in Korea

K.M. Kim

Disability and Society, vol. 23, 2008, p. 67-76

Self-help organisations for disabled people have made great strides in Korea since the 1990s. This paper sets out to describe the current status and future directions of these self-help organisations, focusing on Centers for Independent Living (CIL). These centres strive for the achievement of a barrier-free and rights-based society for disabled people. The author concludes that several tasks must be addressed to facilitate independence among disabled people in Korea:

  • The passage of relevant laws
  • The development of various funding sources
  • The unification of the two associations for CIL
  • The development of the capacity of CIL staff
  • The establishment of an international network to share information and experiences.
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