Disabled Peoples' International
Independent Living Committee
Table of Contents
History of the Independent Living Movement
- Declaring independence in Berkeley by Sonny Kleinfield
- Power to the people by April D'Aubin
- Divisions in the disability community by David Pfeiffer
- The challenge of middle age for the Independent Living Movement by Gerben DeJong
Independent Living: Ideology & definitions
- Possibilities of Independent Living of persons with disabilities in Africa by Felix Silwimba
- The Disability Rights Movement - its development in South Africa by Kathy Jagoe
- Independent Living: a European definition
- An American definition of Independent Living
- What is your personal definition of Independent Living?
Is your current lifestyle an example of Independent Living?
- What obstacles did you have to surmount in order to achieve your current lifestyle?
- What governmental and community changes do you believe are required to facilitate Independent Living efforts?
- What recommendations do you have for other disabled citizens?
Interview with Mr. Javed Hassan, Pakistan, with commentary by Mr. Phil Mason, UK
Intervju med Javed Hassan, Pakistan med kommentar från Phil Mason,UK (in Swedish/på svenska)
- Disability issues: organizing community support
- Preserving disability civil rights: a step-by-step guide to taking action
- What is personal assistance?
- Employing your own personal assistant
- "The Strasbourg Resolutions" on how to design systems for independence
- Developing assistants management skills
- Concepts for Independence, Inc. - a unique approach to personal assistance
- A comparison of some of the characteristics of two models of personal assistance services
- Peer counseling: an overview
- Peer counseling programs: observations from the field
Women, sexuality, old persons, people with various disabilities
- Disability, women and love by Junka Asaka
- Independent Living for various disability categories
- A brief history of brokerage by Craig V. Shields
- Independent Living Movement: organizing for an active, disabled old age by Judith E. Heumann
- The changing role of the People First advisor by Charles Curtis
- Self Help Association of Paraplegics, SHAP, Republic of South Africa
- Manufacturing assistive devices in developing countries
- Turning a service into an income generating project
- Toward a barrier-free home
Research & evaluation
- ILRU Research & Training Center on Independent
Living at TIRR
- Independent Living as a state of mind by Gerben
The World Institute on Disability
The "Resource Kit for Independent Living 1992"
is a first attempt. Its purpose is to illustrate some of the possibilities
such a kit can offer and to show the direction in which it can develop.
The resources presented here represent a very limited and biased sample
of all the materials that exist. Limited, because we had very little time
and money in the production; biased, because we are not aware of all groups/organizations,
and finally, only a small percentage of those asked to respond supplied
us with information.
The Independent Living Movement and its ideology exist in many more countries
than are represented here. For this issue we received hardly any material
from outside North America and the United Kingdom. In the future, we hope
to have resources to be able to translate and edit texts from and into other
The aim of the "Resource Kit" is threefold:
- to empower disabled individuals and organizations of disabled persons
by providing them with easily accessible information on Independent Living
philosophy and approach, model projects, and sources of technical assistance
in organizing grass-root initiatives,
- to serve as a handbook for professionals working in such areas as community
planning, social policy and services, rehabilitation, and vocational training,
- to aid NGO's in their disability work and to inform potential sponsors
about the innovative approach that Independent Living entails for the equalization
of opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Present plans are to update and publish a new issue of the "Resource
Kit for Independent Living" every third year. We hope that there will
be more and more people with disabilities from a growing number of countries
joining the Independent Living network, that we will start new projects,
expand into new areas, produce more documents and find new and better tools
to empower ourselves.
In this sense we hope that any edition of the "Resource Kit on Independent
Living" will be outdated as soon it is printed.
for the Independent Living Committee of Disabled Peoples' International
Adolf D. Ratzka, Ph.D
Independent Living Institute,
Petersens Väg 2
127 41 Stockholm-Skärholmen
Sweden, Fax 46 8 740 4500
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