Independent Futures: Creating User-led Disability Services in a Disabling Society (BOK)
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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; identifies the principal forces - economic, political and cultural - that influence and inhibit their further development; 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 an 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.