Independent Futures: Creating User-led Disability Services in a Disabling Society

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Policy Press, 2006 - Political Science - 223 pages
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The number of disability related support services controlled and run by disabled people themselves has increased significantly in the UK and internationally over the past forty years. As a result, greater user involvement in service provision and delivery is a key priority for many western Governments. This book provides the first comprehensive review and analysis of these developments in the UK.Drawing on evidence from a range of sources, including material from the first national study of user-controlled services, this book provides a critical evaluation of the development and organisation of user-controlled services in the UK and identifies the principal forces - economic, political and cultural - that influence and inhibit their further development. It summarises and discusses the policy implications for the future development of services and includes an up-to-date and comprehensive literature and research review."Independent futures" is essential reading for academics and students on a range of courses including: health and social care; social work; allied health professions, such as nursing, occupational therapy and speech therapy; social policy; sociology; and psychology. It will also be of interest to practitioners and policy makers who need a reliable overview of current policy and critical analysis of key issues affecting future policy and practice.
 

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Contents

disability policy and
9
three Disability activism and the struggle
29
four Researching userled organisations
51
Figures
56
building an alternative approach
71
opportunities
93
Tables
97
seven Service usersviews and experiences
115
eight Politics and campaigning
137
nine Policy change or retrenchment?
159
ten Future directions
181
References
193
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Colin Barnes is Professor of Disability Studies and Geof Mercer is Reader in Disability Studies, both at the Centre for Disability Studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.

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