Spotlight on siblings: considering social context in home modification practice

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Moller, Jessica, Schneider, Alison and Steel, Emily J.. 2019. "Spotlight on siblings: considering social context in home modification practice." Societies. 9 (2), pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9020030
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Spotlight on siblings: considering social context in home modification practice

ERA Journal ID211363
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMoller, Jessica (Author), Schneider, Alison (Author) and Steel, Emily J. (Author)
Journal TitleSocieties
Journal Citation9 (2), pp. 1-8
Article Number30
Number of Pages8
Year2019
PublisherMDPI AG
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN2075-4698
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/soc9020030
Web Address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4698/9/2/30
Abstract

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.

Keywordssiblings; disability; human rights; assistive technology; home modifications; social context; National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420318. People with disability
339999. Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsDjerriwarrh Health Services, Victoria
School of Health and Wellbeing
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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