Graphik: Bulletpoint Abstracts issue 4/2018 (English)

Tobias Buchner : Biographical Narratives for Personal Assistance: Fights for Access, ­Enablement of Self-Determination and Empowering Self-Constructions

Personal assistance stands for an innovative model of support, interested in enabling users to practice a self-determined life. In Austria, personal assistance was established in the 1990s – as a result of the collective struggles of the disabled people’s movement. However, until today, there is no comprehensive system of supply of personal assistance – despite the demands of the UN-Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which was ratified by Austria already back in 2008. Employing a biographical perspective, this article aims to research the implementa­tion of personal assistance in Austria, from the perspective of disabled persons. Relating to empirical data, biographical relevance of personal assistance, experiences of access and the impact of this type of support on the self of the users are being reconstructed. Results are discussed in relation to normative demands of the CRPD.

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