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Examining user-led services

Colin Barnes and Geof Mercer

in Independent futures

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347183
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347183.003.0001
Examining user-led services

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This book explores the experiences of user-led (that is, user-controlled) service organizations in Britain. It offers a revealing picture of disabled people's attempts to change the direction of welfare services and facilitate moves towards ‘independent living’. This introductory chapter outlines first the clash of theoretical perspectives that underpin the analysis of disability, welfare policy and practice; and second the approach to undertaking research with user-led organizations. The final section outlines the major issues raised in subsequent chapters.

Keywords: disability; disabled; user-led service organizations; welfare services; independent living; welfare policy

Chapter.  2731 words. 

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