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Deinstitutionalisation and community living for people with intellectual disabilities in Austria: history, policies, implementation and research

Tobias Buchner (Lebenshilfe Academy Austria, University of Vienna, University of Innsbruck)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 1 February 2009

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Abstract

This article starts with a brief overview of the history of housing for people with intellectual disability in Austria. The system of care and Austrian disability policy are also examined, focusing on implementation of deinstitutionalisation and community living. The following analysis of services provided in the field of housing for people with intellectual disabilities shows that support is provided in undistinguished, generalised service packages based on a competency model. Academic research on community living is quite rare in Austria, and fails to take into account the subjective perspective of people with intellectual disabilities.

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Buchner, T. (2009), "Deinstitutionalisation and community living for people with intellectual disabilities in Austria: history, policies, implementation and research", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 4-13. https://doi.org/10.1108/13595474200900002

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