|THE TWELVE BASIC NEEDS|
|In Britain the disability movement has set about trying to define the necessary elements that need to be in place in order for Independent Living to be successful for disabled people.|
|The Twelve Basic Needs These were originally defined by Derbyshire Coalition of Disabled People, and became known as:|
The Seven Basic Needs:
These seven basic needs were then widened further still by Hampshire Coalition of Disabled People to include:
The Independent Living
movement world wide has made significant advances in recent years, as
increasing numbers of governments have accepted the arguments and are
introducing policies designed to increase Independent Living opportunities
for disabled people. A major success of the Independent Living movement
in this country was the introduction of legislation to legalise Direct
Payments, which can greatly increase the levels of choice and control
available to disabled people.
Whilst we have a government publicly committed to social justice and inclusion for all, yet still supporting the principle of charging disabled people for essential personal assistance, we realise the battle for true equality has only just begun.