It focuses on the impact of such deinstitutionalisation policies on the demand for housing, particularly public housing, by people with disabilities.
The danger with any such staffed facilities is that they become in fact 'mini-institutions', as one interviewee commented.
He further commented: The challenge of staffed group accommodation then is to promote integration by accompanying a physical move to the community with individualised programs, freedom of sexual expression etc.
Disabled persons have the right to live with their families or with foster parents and to participate in all social, creative or recreational activities.
No disabled person shall be subjected, as far as his or her residence is concerned, to differential treatment other than that required by his or her condition or by the improvement which he or she may derive therefrom.
attempts to provide realistic levels of support to help aged and non-aged people with disabilities to remain living in their own homes, and provides for cost-shared programs to do this, recognising the traditional role of both Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments.
Project workers identified some key concerns with the HACC Program. although the target group includes younger people with disabilities, this group appears to be missing out in most States because of a bias towards home and community care services for the aged; The CSHA is an agreement between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories.This chapter concentrates on four main areas of accommodation. For people with disabilities, access to suitable accommodation is generally limited.Project workers made contact with a range of people, including those with disabilities who live in the family home, in homes of their own, or in boarding houses, as well as people who are accommodated in either hospitals, nursing homes or staffed and non-staffed facilities such as group homes or hostels. Many people are still inappropriately accommodated in institutions, often because of the lack of other options.Access to public housing is becoming more difficult, and taking longer to obtain, for all applicants.In some instances, the policies of the relevant State or Territory Housing Authority, or the attitudes of landlords or agents, directly discriminate against people with disabilities.An arguable corollary is that adults with disabilities have the right to live in the community, with appropriate supports ensured.