(In-)equality before the law - house adapting policy in Sweden
Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet), 2018
In Sweden the process of residential adaptation is legislated and also the right to have support to enabling the individual to maintain an independent life, where the individual feels safe and has improved accessibility (The Act concerning Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairment (LSS),1993; The Social Service Act (SoL), 2001). However, the interpretation of the law on a municipal level is still unequal, and not all those in need of or house adaptation are receiving it (The National Board of Housing and Planning, 2014; The National Board of Health and Welfare, 2015).
The paper will analyze court documents from Western Sweden related to appeals on house adaptions for the age group 18-25 years during 2010-2016. This selection also problematize The UN statement (2006) about “The right to life, freedom and personal safety’ for people living with disabilities”, the transaction from youth to adult and the importance of the first apartment as a part of independent living.
The aim is to highlight the discrepancy between- and within cases of approved/denied housing adaption in the court. The upcoming results of the study will contribute to a discussion regarding the relation between design and active living, but also the importance of design as a facilitator or hinderer for independency.
Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsdesign
UWE - University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom,
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