Drawing on personal experience, the author discusses the importance of empowerment in personal assistance. The relationship between the assistant and the assisted should be honest, open and respectful; each should be suited to the other. Providing the assisted person with the funds to manage and control their support is preferable to agency-driven support. It allows the relationship of personal assistance to grow for the benefit of both parties.
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Personal assistance -what it is and what it is not
23 May 2005
Person with disability
Individualisation, Professionals, Self Determination