Employing personal assistants

Caroline Dawson

The Independent Living Project (Norfolk) was established in October 1993 to enable people with a physical disability to control their own arrangements for independent living and to employ personal assistants. The project acts as a broker of services.

During its first year of operation a service was provided to 60 disabled people acting as employers and advice was offered to many more. An evaluation of the project reveals that the employment of personal assistants involves a complex range of legal, administrative and emotional issues.

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