This five-year strategy was developed by the Office of Disability Issues with the involvement of disabled people and was published in 2008.
Independent living isn't about living on your own - it's about making sure all disabled people have the same choice, control and freedom as any other citizen.
The strategy contains commitments which aim to give disabled people:
- Greater choice and control over the support they need to go about their daily lives.
- Greater access to housing, transport, health, employment, education and leisure opportunities and to participation in family and community life.
From December 2011 to March 2012 the government held a discussion to build on what works well in relation to independent living and to tackle those things that work less well. The discussion was with disabled people to gather suggestions for a new cross-government disability strategy. The discussion document can also be downloaded from the ODI website.