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Independent living

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Article 19 CRPD

States Parties to this Convention recognize the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others, and shall take effective and appropriate measures to facilitate full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of this right and their full inclusion and participation in the community, including by ensuring that: a. Persons with disabilities have the opportunity to choose their place of residence and where and with whom they live on an equal basis with others and are not obliged to live in a particular living arrangement; b. Persons with disabilities have access to a range of in-home, residential and other community support services, including personal assistance necessary to support living and inclusion in the community, and to prevent isolation or segregation from the community; c. Community services and facilities for the general population are available on an equal basis to persons with disabilities and are responsive to their needs.

Synthesis report by Lisa Waddington, with contributions from Mark Priestley and Roy Sainsbury, on behalf of the Academic network of European disability experts (ANED), with contributions from the ANED country experts, 2018. 
By Ruth Townsley, with Linda Ward, David Abbott and Val Williams (Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol), November 2009, amended January 2010.
Date: 10 February 2011. Topics