The research report looks at what should be done to make a more inclusive society that supports people with disability to be safe and independent. It considered several questions about inclusion and it found that inclusion is more than just being in the community physically. Inclusion is when people with disability feel welcome and know they belong, are safe and can speak up and have their say.
The report found that we can achieve social inclusion by:
- bringing people together and supporting people to develop relationships with all sorts of people
- making sure people with disability have a say in what’s important to them, for example where they live, who they live with, who they vote for to be in government
- making sure people with disability have all the information they need to make choices for themselves
- making sure people with disability know their rights
- supporting people with disability to make decisions and take risks.
For support services to make sure people with disability are safe and have a good quality of life, the report says they need to:
- have policies that ‘say no’ to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
- be checked by government to make sure they are doing the right thing
- make sure staff know how to support people with disability properly
- ask people with disability what services they need and how they would like to be supported.