New Independent Living Initiative Launched
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 13, 2006
LONDON, ENGLAND--A long-time disability advocate and member of the House of Lords wants to end discrimination against people with disabilities once and for all.
Lord Jack Ashley has introduced what he has dubbed the United Kingdom's "Independent Living Bill".
Under the measure, which he introduced to Parliament last Thursday, people with disabilities would be able to choose the level of support they need to live where they want to live. Supports would start from a comprehensive assessment of each person's needs, usually conducted by the person with some help from others where necessary.
Above all, nobody would be forced into an institution.
"Independent Living is not simply disabled people doing everything for themselves," Ashley wrote in a statement on the website of the Disability Rights Commission, which is consulting with him on the project.
"It means ensuring that disabled people have the same freedom to choose as every other citizen and are supported in that choice, in order that they may lead the lives they want to lead."
"A Briefing on Lord Ashley's Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill" (Disability Rights Commission)
"Independent Living Bill published" (BBC News)