Norway: Personal Assistance heading for legislation?

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Westberg, Kenneth.  2011.  Norway: Personal Assistance heading for legislation?
Interview with Jan Andersen, Lillehammar University College, Norway on November 17, 2011 Norway is discussing whether or not to pass legislation about user-controlled personal assistance. Researcher Jan Andersen at Lillehammer University College, who has conducted research on user-controlled personal assistance since its inception, sees problems because legislation would only apply to users with more than 20 hours/week. He also comments on the changing assistance market, with the entrance of private companies and municipalities contracting out assistance to keep costs down.

Norway: “The upcoming legislation will be a disappointment”

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Westberg, Kenneth.  2011.  Norway: “The upcoming legislation will be a disappointment”.
In Norway, JAG Assistanse has four users to date, but after gaining approval as a BPA provider (Brukerstyrt Personlig Assistanse or user-controlled personal assistance) from 15 municipalities, operations manager Sidsel Maxwell Grasli expects strong growth. At the same time, she fears that JAG’s target group will be let down by the upcoming Norwegian legislation for user-controlled personal assistance.

Switzerland introducing direct payments for personal assistance

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Ladstätter, Martin.  2011.  Switzerland introducing direct payments for personal assistance.
Switzerland is on the brink of a breakthrough: it will offer nationwide direct payments for personal assistance beginning in January 2012. Over the next few years, 3,000 people with disabilities are expected to receive this assistance benefit.

Swedish EU parliamentarians urge more personal assistance in Europe

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[Anonymous].  2011.  Swedish EU parliamentarians urge more personal assistance in Europe. GP.

The October 1  2011 article Dismantle Europe's inhumane institutions in the daily newspaper Göteborgsposten urges European countries to provide people with disabilities with personal assistance and assistive devices, rather than relegating them to institutions.

According to the Swedish Members of the European Parliament at least 1.2 million people live in institutions in the EU and Turkey, which they consider to be contrary to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

A case for non-discrimination on grounds of ethnicity in government disability policy

Dr. Adolf Ratzka.  2011.  A case for non-discrimination on grounds of ethnicity in government disability policy.
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Briefly about my background. I have lived and worked in Sweden for 37 years.  Prior to that I was living and studying in California for 7 years. I was born in what is today the Czech Republic. After WW II my family, as part of the German minority, was forced to move to Germany. There, at the age of 17 I contracted my disability. Thus, as a person with a disability I have lived in Germany, the United States and Sweden. I might add that in June this year I chose to apply for Swedish citizenship.
 
In my presentation I will talk about double discrimination on the grounds of disability and ethnic background. My comments are based entirely on my own experience as a person with a disability living as an immigrant in another country.
 

Ett år sedan Anti-Apartheidpriset i Sverige 2010 delades ut - fortfarande inget diskrimineringsförbud.

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Berg, Susanne.  2011.  Ett år sedan Anti-Apartheidpriset i Sverige 2010 delades ut - fortfarande inget diskrimineringsförbud..

Otillgänglighet är diskriminering!

2010 gick tiden ut för Regeringens funktionshinderplan, Stockholm skulle vara världens tillgängligaste huvudstad och ett medborgarskap på lika villkor skulle äntligen vara verklighet för personer med funktionsnedsättningar. I samband med Marschen för tillgänglighet 2010, STIL – Stiftarna av Independent Living i Sverige, Kulturhuset och projektet Ta Plats arrangerade Independent Living Institute konferens, seminarum och mingelkväll i Kulturhuset. Vid evenemanget delade vi ut Anti-Apartheidpriset i Sverige till Mats och Kjell Winberg.

In Flanders all personal care assistants are employed by the people they assist.

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Westberg, Kenneth.  2010.  In Flanders all personal care assistants are employed by the people they assist..
In Flanders all personal care assistants are employed by the people they assist. 5500 people are queuing to get personal assistance in the Belgian region of Flanders. A little less than 1800 have so far been granted personal budgets to employ their own assistants. There are organizations that provide administrative support and advice for those that want it.

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