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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 2003): Services for the Disabled - Overseas

SERVICE PROVISION FOR AN INDEPENDENT LIFE

I. Helgoy, B. Ravneberg and P. Solvang

Disability and Society, vol.18, 2003, p.471-487

Article explores how differing definitions of independence among people with disabilities determine what they expect and want from the welfare system. Data were gathered through interviews with 18 mobility impaired people and 20 service providers in Norway. Three different approaches amongst service users were identified. The first group defined independence as being able to manage daily practical tasks without assistance. They wanted access to rehabilitative services to maximise their potential. The second group wanted control of service provision and needed personal assistants to facilitate participation in studies, hobbies and social activities. The third group showed a powerless and resigned acceptance of their bodily condition and of service shortcomings.

TASMANIA TOGETHER? A DISABILITY CRITIQUE OF A SOCIAL PLAN

C. Newell and R. Wilkinson

Disability and Society, vol.18, 2003, p.457-470

The "Tasmania Together" 20-year social and economic development plan was drawn up by a Community Leaders Group on behalf of the people. However disabled people were disenfranchised and excluded from the process.

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