Choice and control: a rapid evidence assessment (REA) for the Office of Disability Issues

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Priestley, Mark; Woodin, Sarah; Matthews, Bryan
Office for Disability Issues
Date of publication
1 November 2009
Disabled people, Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This report explores choice and control for disabled people as well as barriers and enablers allowing them to access goods and services. In investigating choice and control the report covers defining choice and control in research, institutional living, choice in community living, the benefits of budgetary control, take-up of direct payments and personal budgets, user control in the provision of equipment and support for choice and control. The report found that disabled people describe choice and control in various ways, in terms of both processes and outcomes, and the descriptions are often influenced by the context and form of questions and conversations. Among the findings of the investigation of choice and control was that community living brings more choices but living in a private household does not necessarily bring everyday choice and control. In studying access to goods and services for disabled people the report covers transport, housing, the built environment, e-accessibility and leisure. Among the findings of the study of access to goods and services was that disabled people are less likely to own their own homes and the finance industry plays a role in reinforcing barriers.

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