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Book

Improving the provision of national disability information

Authors:
MOORE Nick, STEELE Jane, BOSWELL Caroline
Publisher:
Policy Studies Institute
Publication year:
1994
Pagination:
71p.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Report considering the options for funding information provision for disabled people at a national level, and making a case for continued government funding.

Journal article

A brighter future for direct payments

Author:
STEVENS Simon
Journal article citation:
Community Living, 18(1), 2004, pp.22-23.
Publisher:
Hexagon Publishing

A central difficulty of the current status of direct payments support is that it has a monopolistic position. Organisations providing support are funded and therefore controlled by local authorities, more interested in value for money and targets that actually supporting disabled people as they wish. Looks to the future and considers 2 possible solutions. One, mid-term, would be a free market approach, the other, more radical and long term, a personal assistance agency or management service.

Journal article

The aims and purposes of HELIOS II

Author:
-
Journal article citation:
Social Work in Europe, 3(1), 1996, pp.51-52.
Publisher:
Russell House

Describes the community action programme HELIOS II (1993-1996) which is being developed jointly by the European Commission and non-governmental organisations of each of the member states. The programme aims to promote equal opportunities for, and the integration of, disabled people.

Journal article

Getting to grips with Eurospeak

Author:
HAWKS Jennie
Journal article citation:
Disability Issues, 19, November 1994, pp.8-9.

A guide to the European programmes which are of immediate interest to those in the disability field.

Journal article

Who's taking the lead in Europe?

Author:
HALDANE Carol
Journal article citation:
Disability Issues, 16, April 1994, pp.14-15.

Looks at European Union (EU) funding programmes such as HELIOS and how far they favour projects which involve disabled people in developing policies.

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Don't push me around: disabled children's experiences of wheelchair services in the UK

Authors:
SHARMA Neera, MORRISON Jan
Publisher:
Barnardo's
Publication year:
2006
Pagination:
36p.
Place of publication:
Ilford

This report looks at the state of wheelchair provision to young people. The report finds that a lack of money and a postcode lottery of provision are having a disastrous impact on the lives of many disabled children across the UK. The underfunding means that young people who need wheelchairs are generally only given the most basic of equipment, despite the fact this regularly fails to meet their needs. At the same time, lengthy waiting times for assessments and provision mean that disabled children's life chances and childhoods are even further diminished.

Journal article

Money talks, but what does it say?: direct payments and the commodification of care

Author:
LEECE Janet
Journal article citation:
Practice: Social Work in Action, 16(3), September 2004, pp.211-221.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis

The development of direct payments has been greatly influenced by the combined pressure of governments' determination to create a mixed economy in social care and action from the disability movement in its quest for independent living and social justice. The extent to which the ideals of these perspectives have been realised by the reality of direct payments is unclear. One outcome of the shift to a market economy is that social care provision is treated progressively as a commodity to be bought and sold. Charts the background to cash payments, explores the issues and considers what the future may hold.

Journal article

Legitimate claims

Author:
FLETCHER David
Journal article citation:
Search, 30, Summer 1998, pp.16-19.
Publisher:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Despite the increase in the cost of disability benefits in the last twenty years a study published in May concludes that it is not necessary to rush through reforms. The author discusses the study's findings.

Book

The European Union and older people with disability

Author:
EUROLINK AGE
Publisher:
Eurolink Age
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
19p.,list of orgs.,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Short booklet setting out what the European Union is doing for older, disabled people. Explains how individuals and organisations acting on their behalf can take advantage of opportunities which exist. Includes comprehensive list of organisations.

Journal article

From self-help to charity in disability service: the Jairos Jiri Association in Zimbabwe

Author:
DEVLIEGER Patrick
Journal article citation:
Disability and Society, 10(1), 1995, pp.39-48.
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis,

In today's Zimbabwe, an extended network of institutions which serve persons with disabilities are legacy of Jairos Jiri, one of the greatest African philanthropists. Stated as a personal initiative to help Africans with disabilities, it became part of a large self-help movement in colonial Rhodesia. This movement was characterized by the idea to establish independent African-controlled schools and black-run business ventures in an effort to uplift Africans. Jiri's activities started as early as 1945 but gained momentum in the early 1950s with the establishment of a leather shop followed by institutional expansion all over the country. The period 1950-60 is characterized by Jairos Jiri's effort to build African consciousness and the solicitation of financial support for Africans with disabilities. In this process, the financial contributions from non-Africans and from overseas, institutional expansion, and the idea in the 1960 that politician control would uplift Africans overshadowed Jiri's self-help philosophy. In the 1980s and 1990s, disability advocates portrayed the Association in terms of charity rather than self-help thus underestimating the liberating Jairos Jiri played prior to independence. This article challenges the assumption that the Jairos Jiri Association is merely an institutional effort, devoid of the liberating philosophy of the disability movement.

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