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Towards independent living: Collecting examples from Europe

ANGELOVA-MLADENOVA, Lilia
March 2019

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This Collection is a joint initiative of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Disability Forum (EDF). It features examples from different EU Member States, which to a different extent facilitate the right to live independently in the community.

The examples are divided into four areas, presented in different chapters:

  • Legislation and funding: State Funded Peer-Counselling – Estonia; Direct Payments – Ireland.
  • Community-based support: Peer-Counselling for women with disabilities – Austria; Supported living for adults with intellectual disabilities – Croatia; Supported Decision-Making – The Czech Republic; Mobile Mental Health Units – Greece; Personal Assistance for People with Complex Disabilities – Sweden .
  • Involvement of disabled people: Co-Production in Social Care – United Kingdom; Participation of Organisations of People with Disabilities – Italy
  • Self-advocacy: Self-Advocacy of Disabled People – Romania

 

Access to services for women with disabilities who experienced violence

MANDL, Sabine
et al
October 2014

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This final short report summary encompasses the main findings of the Daphne III project “Access to Specialised Victim Support Services for Women with Disabilities who have experienced Violence.” The project aimed to assess the range of different experiences of violence against disabled women and their use of support structures. In addition specialised victim support services were interviewed about their experiences and capabilities in terms of counselling and accommodating disabled women. The project focused on three components: (1) Assessing the legal and policy framework (2) Generating extensive empirical data by surveying disabled or Deaf women (focus group discussions, in-depth-interviews) and service providers (online survey, interviews with staff members) and (3) Developing good practice examples and recommendations. For each component national reports and an associated comparative report was prepared, identifying the most prominent issues including the commonalities and differences between the four countries issues.

 

Note: the main findings of the projects (including the final short report, recommendations for service providers and a brochure for disabled women) are available to access in easy language, sign language and audio files from the following link http://women-disabilities-violence.humanrights.at/publications

Project : access to support services and protection for disabled women who have experienced violence : results and recommendations

SHAH, Sonali
BALDERSTON, Susie
WOODIN, Sarah
2014

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This brochure provides important information and guidance for service providers and policy makers to ensure disabled/Deaf women who are affected by violence can access appropriate support and protection when needed. The brochure includes recommendations for women’s support services, disabled people’s organisations and policy makers, based on a comparative project. It also lists contact information of various women’s, disability, and women’s disability groups in the UK

Violence and abuse : what can I do? information for disabled or deaf women

SHAH, Sonali
BALDERSTON, Susie
WOODIN, Sarah
January 2014

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This leaflet presents information for disabled or Deaf women, or women who have an impairment or long-term health condition who have been a victim or survivor of violence. It presents information about rights and services in the UK that can help. It highlights barriers to accessing services or information, makes recommendations and presents what works based upon project results.

 

Note: The information in this leaflet is also available in large print, BSL, audio and Easy Read versions. You can access them at: http://women-disabilities-violence.humanrights.at/publications

Learning disabilities and gender based violence : literature review summary

MCFEELY, Clare
TREW, Chloe
February 2011

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This paper presents the findings of a learning disabilities and gender based violence literature review. Overall, the review found that people with disabilities, particularly women with learning disabilities, are at increased risk of experiencing gender based violence (GBV). This paper is useful to people interested in learning disability and gender based violence

Independence, choice and control : DLA and personal mobility in state-funded residential care|Volume 1 : report

THE LOW REVIEW
2011

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This report focuses upon: how the mobility component of DLA is being used by care home residents and the impact of the loss of this benefit; funding arrangements for meeting personal mobility needs between local authorities and care home providers; and responsibilities of care home providers in relation to the mobility needs of residents. Over 800 submissions from individuals, local authorities and providers were provided , and six oral evidence sessions were held for the compilation of this report
The executive summary and report are available in both word and pdf formats
Oral and written evidence is contained in volume 2 available on the website

The sexual heath needs of young people with learning disabilities

FRASER, Shirley
SIM, Judith
2007

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This briefing paper summarises the key findings from an evidence review on the sexual health and wellbeing of young people with learning disabilities. The review assimilates various forms of evidence, including the voices of young people themselves and emerging findings from practice. It also identifies a number of potential future actions that will help ensure that sexual health services and sex and relationships education are better able to meet the needs of young people with learning disabilities, as well as those of their parents and the professionals that support them

Health and social wellbeing : women and disability

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, SOCIAL SERVICES AND PUBLIC SAFETY NORTHERN IRELAND
2004

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Research by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland highlights that many disabled women have particular difficulty in accessing key services such as reproductive health care and screening. This overview decribes issues faced by disabled women, especially in the areas of sexual and reproductive health ,and provides government solutions to solve these issues
Inequalities and Unfair Access Issues Emerging from the DHSSPS (2004) "Equality and Inequalities in Health and Social Care: A Statistical Overview" Report

Believe in yourself : GET SEXY

BURKITT
1996

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This article discusses a range of issues facing disabled people and sexuality. Disabled people are not seen as 'sexy' in society and are not allowed to develop a sense of sexuality - for example through the media. Young disabled people may also lack adequate sex education and may be sheltered from developing their sexuality by over-protective parents

The sexual politics of disability : untold desires

SHAKESPEARE, Tom
GILLESPIE-SELLS, K
DAVIES, Dominic
1996

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This book attempts to explore the emotional and sexual experiences of disabled people in a variety of key areas, relying predominantly on the verbatim accounts of disabled people themselves

The mating game

AMATH, Eowyn
1996

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This article is a brief discussion of the problems that disabled people in the UK have in meeting and forming relationships with potential partners

Better lives for disabled women

CAMPLING, Jo
1979

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This book has brief explanations on relationships, sexuality and self-image, marriage, pregnancy and motherhood. The writer suggests practical solutions to sexual experiences and provides names and addresses for some organisations which may give additional help relating to disability and sexual experiences

Funky flamingo tv

INSPIRE : WELLBEING THROUGH ARTS

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Funky Flamingo TV is the first internet television station created for and by disabled people. It features stations on the arts, film, youth and news

Sex and disability

THESITE.ORG

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This section of the Thesite.org website provides sex and relationship information, support, and advice for young people with disabilities. Factsheets and articles cover the following topic areas: sex when you’re disabled; dating and practicalities; disability and sexual confidence; dating and disabilities. This resource is useful for youth people with disabilities who are interested in sex and disability issues

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