Disabled people should be able to live independently just like everyone else, with real choice over our lives.
Independence does not mean doing everything for ourselves. Society is based on systems of interdependence, in which people support one another in all sorts of ways.
For example, most of us go to a professional to get our hair cut, rather than cut it ourselves. We choose who we go to, when, and what type of hair style we have. We all rely on other people for support in our lives in many different ways, and we expect to be able to have choice and control over what kind of support this is. Having the right support, and choice and control over this, can allow disabled people to live more independently.
Disabled people have identified 12 Pillars of Independent Living, which we believe everyone needs to live independently.
Appropriate and Accessible Information
An adequate income
Appropriate and accessible health and social care provisions
A fully-accessible transport system
Full access to the environment
Adequate provision of technical aids and equipment
Availability of accessible and adapted housing
Adequate provision of personal assistance
Availability of inclusive education and training
Equal opportunities for employment
Availability of independent advocacy and self- advocacy
Availability of peer counselling
More recently, people have also begun to see access to digital technology as a key requirement for independence in the modern world.
To be fully independent, an individual needs to have all of these in place in a way which works for them. If you are a disabled person experiencing barriers under one or more of the 12 Pillars above, please contact us. We also work with organisations to support you to remove barriers in all of these areas too.
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Breakthrough’s administration address has changed to:
Registered Office – Breakthrough UK
132-134 Great Ancoats Street,
If you receive either type of Personal Budget, or employ your own Personal Assistant, we have a range of services to take the stress out of organising your finances. Our services are designed by disabled people, for disabled people.