Fact sheet: Independent living for people with intellectual disabilities

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What does independent living look like for people with intellectual disabilities? How can they be supported to make their own decisions? Is personal assistance suitable for people with intellectual disabilities?

Together with the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL), Inclusion Europe has prepared a fact sheet on independent living for people with intellectual disabilities to answer these and other questions.

The fact sheet challenges stereotypes preventing people with intellectual disabilities from living independently, by addressing some frequently voiced concerns regarding this topic.

It also provides useful information on how independent living looks like in practice for people with intellectual disabilities.

The fact sheet highlights how important it is for people with intellectual disabilities to get individualised assistance to be supported to live independently and have control over their lives.

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A new document about independent living
for people with intellectual disabilities

 

People often think that people with intellectual disabilities
have a hard time to live independently.

Inclusion Europe and the European Network for Independent Living
want to change this idea.

So they have written a document.
The document is not in easy-to-read.

In the document, they describe how independent living
can work for people with intellectual disabilities.

The document answers some questions.

For example:

  • What is it like for people with intellectual disabilities to live independently?
  • What kind of support do they need to make their own decisions?
  • Is personal assistance good for people with intellectual disabilities?

The document says that it is important for people with intellectual disabilities
to get personal assistance.

When they have personal assistance, they can live their lives
exactly like they want to.

 

If you want to learn more
about independent living 
for people with intellectual disabilities:

 

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