The successes and challenges of implementing individualised funding and supports for disabled people: an Irish perspective

Padraic Fleming, Sinead McGilloway, Sarah Barry
2016 Disability & Society  
Individualised funding' which is rooted in the Independent Living Movement, has formed part of a global paradigm shift in support services for disabled people. Against the backdrop of international experience, a political system aligned with the UK and emergent critics of individualised funding, this paper presents findings from an evaluation of four pilot programmes in Ireland. Exemplified by independent-skills development and community integration, these initiatives have been welcomed as a
more » ... en welcomed as a progressive development beyond traditional service provision, with perceived improvements across a range of organisational, personal, health and social care domains. This paper explores the importance of 'natural supports' and how overly-protective behaviour may unintentionally act as a barrier to full implementation. The findings also indicate that unnecessarily complex systems can lead to individual burn-out. Furthermore, a national resource allocation system working in partnership with existing social care professionals and the wider community is recommended, as is learning from overly-simplified, group-based ideologies.
doi:10.1080/09687599.2016.1261692 fatcat:5qjepgbqvng5ppe34bd4iug4i4