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A positive outlook? The housing needs and aspirations of working age people with visual impairments

Percival, John; Hanson, Julienne and Osipovic, Dorota (2006). A positive outlook? The housing needs and aspirations of working age people with visual impairments. Disability and Society, 21(7) pp. 661–675.

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This paper arises from research, funded by the Housing Corporation and the Thomas Pocklington Trust, which investigated the housing needs and priorities of visually impaired people of working age, a population that has received little public policy attention. We report on the housing circumstances and aspirations of 121 people living in London. In-depth study discovered that people of working age who have vision impairment can be disadvantaged by inflexible procedures that adversely affect their transition to independence, as well as their self-determination with respect to family issues. The study also learned that this population has particular needs in relation to domestic and outside space, home location and safety and security measures. Furthermore, the interviewees indicated that specialist supported housing may develop a stronger role if it diversifies and provides non-institutional stepping stones towards greater autonomy.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0968-7599
Keywords: Vision disorders; People with disabilities; Housing; Employees; Employment and Economic theory; Interviews; Research; Social conditions;
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 16071
Depositing User: Users 8955 not found.
Date Deposited: 12 May 2009 14:56
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2012 08:57
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