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Disabled people and housingChoices, opportunities and barriers$
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Laura Hemingway

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428066.001.0001

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Creating the ‘home’ in a society of barriers

Creating the ‘home’ in a society of barriers

(p.157) Seven Creating the ‘home’ in a society of barriers
Disabled people and housing

Laura Hemingway

Policy Press

This chapter presents a summary of key insights presented in the book, returning to some of the issues in relation to the social model of disability. It aims to show how the housing case can act as a reminder of some wider and important gaps in knowledge about the assumptions and mechanisms that contribute to opportunities and constraints. It highlights how the various types of barrier discussed in previous chapters come together to affect disabled people's sense of ‘home’. It argues that when considering housing options, provision and need, it is important not to neglect the meanings that a ‘home’ provides for its inhabitants, since these may be central to their experiences of the dwelling. The chapter ends by providing a list of the main issues presented throughout the book to underline key messages for policy, practitioner and researcher audiences.

Keywords:   disability, housing access, home, dwelling, housing options

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