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Enhancing independent community access and participation: services, technologies, and policies

Noreau Luc, Geoffrey Edwards, Normand Boucher, Francois Routhier, Claude Vincent, Hubert Gascon and Patrick Fougeyrollas

in Oxford Textbook of Neurorehabilitation

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Published in print February 2015 | ISBN: 9780199673711
Published online April 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191752384 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199673711.003.0033

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Neurology

Enhancing independent community access and participation: services, technologies, and policies

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This chapter examines three aspects of the community access issue: access to services, the value of both existing and emerging technologies, and social and economic policy-making. In addition to an efficient rehabilitation process focusing on physical and mental capabilities, enhancing community access and social participation will require the optimization of access to services. Key concepts in this regard include the notion of support both for individuals and their families. Technologies that enhance mobility, communication, and home adaptation also play an increasingly important role. While they are essential to compensate for various forms of disabilities, the current rapid evolution of technologies does not allow adequate efficacy testing, limiting the establishment of best practices or recommendations regarding these products and often overestimating their benefits. Finally, better community access and participation should not be based on a culture of disability but a culture of ‘ability’ that impacts all citizens.

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Subjects: Neurology

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