What place is there for shared housing with individualized disability support?

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Fisher, KR, Purcal, C, Jones, A, Lutz, D, Robinson, S & Kayess, R 2019, 'What place is there for shared housing with individualized disability support?', Disability and Rehabilitation.

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Background: Individualized funding of disability support services has implications for people’s choices about when to share their home. This paper examines how people with disabilities made choices about who to live with and the factors influencing these choices.

Methods: This paper discusses data from interviews with 30 people with mostly intellectual disabilities using individualized support services, 21 interviews with family members, four interviews with service managers, and a focus group with five support workers. The data come from a large evaluation of individualized housing support programs in New South Wales, Australia.

Results: Only some people had the opportunity to choose whether to share and with whom. Their choices were constrained by the range of housing options and their limited experience of them, even when they had support to make choices about shared housing or living alone. In some cases, the choices reflected a conceptualization of people with disabilities as different to other citizens in their rights and expectations about their social arrangements.

Conclusion: The results have implications for information sharing, housing stock, and the need to challenge the positioning of people with disabilities relative to other people regarding choices about where and with whom to live.

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