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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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Housing policy and disabled people: from past to present

Housing policy and disabled people: from past to present

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Disabled people and housing

Laura Hemingway

Policy Press

This chapter reviews developments in housing policy, regulation and official advice as it relates to disabled people, with the aim of highlighting the extent of progress towards better practices. The chapter is broken down into different periods, starting from the 1900s through to the present day, spanning workhouses, institutionalisation, community care and special needs provision. It goes further than previous historical overviews by offering some prediction of future patterns resulting from the change of government in the UK in 2010, and an overview of international good practice. The introduction of social model ideas has led to some positive progress, and UK examples are used to emphasise innovations and improvements. The principal argument is that housing policy and practice has been largely influenced by an individual approach to disability that regards impairment as a disadvantage and ‘personal tragedy’ for the individual.

Keywords:   housing policy, disabled people, workhouses, institutionalisation, community care, UK, personal tragedy

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