Accessibility

Seven principles of self-directed support

We believe that there are seven principles that underpin self-directed support:

1. Right to independent living

If someone has an impairment they should be able to get the support they need to live an independent life.

2. Right to a personal budget

If someone needs ongoing support they should be able to decide how the money that pays for that support is used.

3. Right to self-determination

If someone needs help to make decisions then decision-making should involve that person as much as possible and reflect that person's own interests and preferences.

4. Right to accessibility

People must be able to understand the systems and rules to maximise the ability of the person to control their own support.

5. Right to flexible funding

When someone is using their personal budget they should be free to spend their money in a way that best makes sense to them, without unnecessary restrictions.

6. Accountability principle

The person with support needs and the government both have a responsibility to each other to explain their decisions and to share what they have learnt.

7. Capacity principle

People with support needs, their families and their communities must not be assumed to be incapable of managing their support, learning new skills or making a contribution.

Last Updated : 27 December 2010. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.