Spotlight on siblings: considering social context in home modification practice

Moller, Jessica and Schneider, Alison and Steel, Emily J. (2019) Spotlight on siblings: considering social context in home modification practice. Societies, 9 (2). pp. 1-8.

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes the role of Assistive Technologies (AT) in enabling independent living and inclusion of people with disabilities. Research into the provision of AT and disability services in general has highlighted the importance of social context and its influence on individual outcomes. However, there is little recognition of sibling roles, relationships and rights in the guidance available for practitioners. This paper explores the socio-technical context of home modification practice and the importance of involving siblings. The international context and concepts behind AT provision, including home modifications, and issues emerging from practice in Australia’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are discussed. Based on extensive practical experience and peer review, the “5 S’s for Siblings” is presented as a practice approach for involving siblings in the home modification process. Policy and practice implications are presented, including communication strategies for working in partnership with individuals and their families, and alignment with national standards and human rights principles. Involving siblings in the home modification process recognizes the important role they play in the lives of people with disabilities, both now and in the future.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made available in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution license 4.0.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 22 May 2019 01:38
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2019 01:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: siblings; disability; human rights; assistive technology; home modifications; social context; National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled
12 Built Environment and Design > 1299 Other Built Environment and Design > 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940101 Ability and Disability
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3390/soc9020030

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