On June 8, 9 and 10 synchronized marches took place in 15 Italian cities to protest against the lack of funding for personal assistance. Despite several laws for the inclusion of disabled people in the society and the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, Italy is still lacking a national program for independent living
Ten characteristics of personal assistance that received the highest scores (given in brackets) in a recent survey done by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL).
A month ago, ENIL asked its members, supporters and critics: WHAT IS GOOD PERSONAL ASSISTANCE FOR DISABLED PEOPLE MADE OF?
Should personal assistance for disabled people be codified in a separate national law? Should the users receive direct payments instead of support in kind? Should assistance be provided irrespective of the type and degree of impairment?