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An Introduction to ÁT | Information Leaflet (Tri-fold version)
This information leaflet provides an overview of ÁT, outlining our model of Direct Payments, our role and the opportunities we have created.
To view this leaflet, please click the following link: ÁT Information Leaflet (Tri-fold Version)
Direct Payments | A Glossary
There are many terms used to describe the concepts and practices behind the different supports in Independent Living for people with disabilities. Here, we have outlined some of the key terms you will come across in exploring our Direct Payments model.
To view this document, please click the following link: Direct Payments Glossary
Exploring Direct Payments and Government Policy
Government has committed to promoting community inclusion for people with disabilities and establishing individualised funding models which support this. This document outlines the numerous ways in which our model of Direct Payments achieves Government’s vision of inclusive, progressive disability policy.
To view this document, please click the following link: Exploring Direct Payments and Government Policy
Philosophy of Independent Living
Everything we do at ÁT is underpinned by the philosophy of Independent Living. Independent Living means that you, as a person with a disability, enjoy the same freedom, dignity and choice as everyone else, and that you are empowered to take charge of your own life, making the decisions which affect you for yourself. This extends to all aspects of your life: at home, at work, and in the community.
We have created a range of documents exploring Independent Living, covering the following topics:
- A Brief History of its Emergence in 1960’s America.
- Individuals with Disabilities Taking Control as Consumers.
- Harnessing the Power of the Collective.
- Disability as a Human Rights Issue.
- Promoting a Social Model of Disability.
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We also highly recommend that you watch or listen to the experiences and insights of two of the most influential figures of the Independent Living movement, Ed Roberts and Judy Heumann. This seminal interview, given during a three-day conference on Independent Living in Sweden in 1984, remains eloquent, powerful and absolutely relevant today: just click here to watch the video.