The right to personal assistance within Europe is under threat. This hinders disabled people from living independently, imprisoning them in their homes, and robbing those who previously used personal assistance of many of their rights. The financial crisis and/or the economic downturn have been used as excuses to make changes in the vision countries have for disabled people, and how they provide the service of personal assistance. This article focuses on Sweden and highlights situations that are of concern to the Independent Living Movement and to ENIL – the European Network on Independent Living. It is the first in a series of articles raising awareness about the deteriorating situation of personal assistance users in different countries and regions across the European Union (EU), such as the region of Wallonia in Belgium and the United Kingdom. All these countries have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and should not take any regressive measures that will affect the rights of disabled people.
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