De-institutionalization

Germany, Corina Zolle - "A lot of people are afraid to leave their protected environments in institutions"

English
Westberg, Kenneth.  2016.  Germany, Corina Zolle - "A lot of people are afraid to leave their protected environments in institutions".

In Germany people must pay for personal assistance themselves, until their income and assets are almost exhausted, unless they have insurance cover.  “You can have a maximum of 2600 Euros in assets and retain from your income each month 800 Euros plus enough money to pay your rent.” says Corina Zolle, who has employed her own personal assistants for 20 years. “Compared with Germany, Sweden is a paradise.” She adds.

What role can Independent Living play in a country in economic crisis?

English
Dr., Ratzka Adolf;.  2015.  What role can Independent Living play in a country in economic crisis?
SYRIZA, the government party in Greece, organized a conference on politics and disability together with the Greek branch of the Independent Living movement in Athens, March 13, 2015. Adolf Ratzka was invited to participate by Skype and talk about the role that Independent Living, especially Personal Assistance, can play in a country in economic crises: benefiting persons with extensive disabilities who today often depend on their families for physical survival and benefiting the national economy by creating employment opportunities and stimulating domestic demand.

Independent Living for people with disabilities: from patient to citizen to customer

English
Dr. Adolf Ratzka.  2013.  Independent Living for people with disabilities: from patient to citizen to customer.
Many countries have political priorities and policies that force persons with disabilities into dependency, particularly those who for their survival depend on the practical help from other persons in their daily lives. Direct payments for the purchase of personal assistance services not only constitute an efficient labor market policy instrument that stimulates domestic demand. Direct payments liberate us from dependency on family or residential institutions and enable us to take our rightful place as citizens in a democratic society.

Selbstbestimmung und Atemhilfen Adolf Ratzka Münchner ausserklinischer Intensiv Kongress 8-9 November 2013

German
Dr., Ratzka Adolf;.  2013.  Selbstbestimmung und Atemhilfen Adolf Ratzka Münchner ausserklinischer Intensiv Kongress 8-9 November 2013.

 

Impulsreferat von Adolf Ratzka, PhD, Independent Living Institute, Stockholm
6. MAIK Münchner ausserklinischer Intensiv Kongress 8-9 November 2013

Herzlichen Dank  für die Einladung. München ist immer noch wichtig für mich. Hier hat mein Leben mit Behinderung angefangen. Hier, im Jahre 1988, fand auch der erste Kongress über Unterbeatmung im deutschsprachigem Raum statt, an dem ich Tagungsvorsitzender war. Für meine Frau und mich ein wichtiges Ereignis, weil wir im Anschluss an die Tagung, unsere Hochzeit im Englischen Garten feierten.

IL 25 år dokumentation - Kalle Könkkölä

Swedish
Könkkölä, Kalle.  2008.  IL 25 år dokumentation - Kalle Könkkölä.

25 år av Independent Living i Sverige

Panel: Independent Living utomlands - internationella perspektiv,
anförande av Kalle Könkkölä 08.11.28

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Hungerstrejk för personlig assistans i Frankrike

Swedish
Abadia, Regine, Sallem Ryadh.  2005.  Hungerstrejk för personlig assistans i Frankrike.

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Intervju:
Regine Abadia och Ryadh Sallem

 

I åratal fick Marcel Nuss kämpa för sin rätt att leva som andra, ute i samhället istället för att vara inlåst på institution. Han fick kämpa därför att han har ett funktionshinder och använder ventilator dygnet runt, han fick kämpa för att han behöver personlig assistans  - och för att han är bosatt i Frankrike där människor med dessa behov inte anses kapabla att leva utanför sjukhusliknande anstalter.

A Matter of Perception

English
King, Audrey.  2006.  A Matter of Perception.

 photo of Audrey Kingblank spaceAudrey King, M.A., is an internationally known writer, speaker, and advocate on disability issues. A trained rehabilitation psychologist she is the author of two books, Count Me In (1985) and There's Lint in Your Belly Button (1987), both of which focus on integration of persons with disabilities in society. Ms King has been using ventilator, electric wheelchair and personal assistance since 1952.

Supporting families in keeping disabled family members at home: Swedish policy instruments

English
Dr. Adolf Ratzka.  1995.  Supporting families in keeping disabled family members at home: Swedish policy instruments.

In most countries the importance of the family as a form of social insurance is declining. As the extended family gradually disappears with industrialization and the labor market's demands on geographical mobility, as divorce rates go up and single parents become increasingly common, the ability of the family to provide mutual aid in everyday life is diminishing. One of the results is that families have fewer resources left for members with special needs such as disabled children or old parents. If there is no place for these groups in the family, where can they turn to?

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