Disability Advice

What is Independent Living?

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What is Independent Living?

Many people believe that independence is about doing everything for yourself, and therefore as disabled people often need assistance in their everyday life, they cannot be independent.Disabled People challenge this assumption. We say that independence is not about doing everything for yourself, no-one lives in isolation from the rest of the world, we all depend on each other, this is why we all live as a society. It is this fundamental understanding that gave birth to the independent living movement. Choice and control are two of the most important factors denied to many Disabled People.  Disabled people refuse to accept that non-disabled people have the right to deny them choice and control over their own lives. Having the finance, and support to enable Disabled People to employ their own assistants to assist them with their everyday lives is a good way of facilitating independence. By employing their own staff, Disabled People can control how the assistance they need is provided, allowing them to lead the lifestyle of their choice. The concept of Direct Payments was ‘invented’ by disabled people to facilitate control of the assistance they require and therefore facilitate Independent...

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Jargon Busting

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Jargon Busting

Do you ever get confused by the benefits system don’t worry many people do. We hope by breaking down the jargon you will have a better understanding of all the various benefits and how they effect you. Direct payments are cash payments made to individuals who have been assessed as needing services, in lieu of social service provisions Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social or economic strength of individuals and communities. It often involves the empowered developing confidence in their own capacities. An Individual Budget is designed to provide individuals who currently receive services greater choice and control over their support arrangements. It includes funding from different...

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Our sevices

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Our sevices

We provide information, advice and support across a wide range of topics relating to disability. Some examples include: Helping to find grants to support the purchase of equipment, fund holidays or for other purposes. Supporting people to apply for these grants. This could include helping to fill out an application form. Advising on entitlements and schemes available to disabled people. Providing information on local community groups, support groups and activities. Supporting people to make a comment or complaint.

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