What is independent living?

Independent living is the right of every person, regardless of age or disability, to live in the community, and have the same choice in housing, transportation, education and employment. We are all entitled to participate equally in the social, economic and political life of our community, and live as full citizens with rights and responsibilities.

What is a personal assistant?

A Personal Assistant (PA) is someone who helps a person with a disability to do things that they may not be able to do themselves. Personal assistance is the cornerstone of the Independent Living movement. “Personal” means the PA works under instruction or to the agenda of the person with a disability. “Assistance” refers to the method of working; a PA’s role is to assist. They enable the person with a disability to make their own decisions and control their own life.

What is a leader?

The person with a disability is termed the “leader” as it is they who direct the personal assistant in their duties, unlike other caring organisations, where they can be told what to do, and have less choice and control.