Functional ability: Support and living conditions

The living conditions of people with functional impairments are studied in this research programme. Support and living conditions include housing, employment, leisure time and social needs. Conditions refer to the support and the way in which it is provided. Key concepts here are involvement and control in daily life. A foundation for the research is provided by legislation introduced in the 1990s: an act for the support and service of people with specific functional impairments (LSS) and the Swedish Personal Assistance Act (LASS). This legislation is grounded in the equality of all human beings — that people with disabilities should not be viewed as passive objects to be cared for by others, but as active individuals who can request the support they think they need. The programme includes studies of the ways in which employment conditions can be adapted so people with functional impairments can work.

Content updated 2010-11-18