Abstract of P. Schwarcz-Schur lecture


P. Schwarcz-Schur1, O. Fitouss1, S. Samuel1, O. Ido2
1 Beit Hagalgalim, Israel; 2 David Yalin, Israel

The Discourse about the issues that concern disabled people
including housing has changed in recent years. Expressions like
equality, rights, integration and independence are spread among
professionals in the field as well as among researchers (Dejong, 1983;
Mendler & Naon, 2002; Gazit & King, 2006). But how do physically
disabled adults themselves feel about moving to independent
housing? This presentation will bring up the difficulties, questions and
expectations that accompany adults aged 22– 35 in relating to
independence in general and especially in the process of leaving their
parents’ homes. It is based on a mixed qualitative research that
includes interviews of 20 disabled adults out of whom 6 already live
independently and 14 adults who contemplate such a possibility and
questionnaires. The aim of the study is to understand how the
interviewees see their level of independency in their lives in general
and independent housing in particular. The study that is still at work
points at complex reactions among the interviewees towards
independency like the feeling of loneliness as a major factor to look for
a living outside their home but yet some of them view moving outside
home more as a reaction to the expectations of the outside world than
an inner need. The uniqueness of the study among other factors is
that two out of the four researchers were born physically disabled and
live independently .This fact deepens the outlook and raises
interesting questions in regard to the relations and boundaries
between researchers and interviewees.

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