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Evaluation of the Implementation of Local Area Co-ordination in Scotland



  1. As citizens, people with disabilities have the same rights and responsibilities as all other people to participate in and contribute to the life of the community.
  2. People with disabilities, often with the support of their families, are in the best position to determine their own needs and goals, and to plan for the future, whether as self-advocates or supported by advocacy.
  3. Families, friends and personal networks, which may include support workers, are the foundations of a rich and valued life in the community.
  4. Supports should be planned in partnership with individuals and others important to them, including their family.
  5. Access to timely, accurate and accessible information enables people to make appropriate decisions and to gain more control over their lives.
  6. Communities are enriched by the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities, and these communities are the most important way of providing friendship, support and a meaningful life to people with disabilities and their families and carers. Inclusion requires changes in many areas of community life and mainstream public services including transport, leisure and employment.
  7. The lives of people with disabilities and their families are enhanced when they can determine their preferred supports and services and control the required resources, to the extent that they desire. Individuals should be at the centre of decision-making about their lives.
  8. Local area co-ordination enhances support systems. All services and supports, whoever delivers them, should aim to achieve a good life for people with disabilities, should recognise and support the role of families, carers and their supporters and should be able to demonstrate that the service they give to an individual is available, consistent and of high quality. Local area co-ordinators are an integral and strategic part of the network of publicly funded services that demonstrate society's commitment and responsibility to support all people to fulfil their potential in the community.
  9. Partnerships between individuals, families and carers, communities, governments, service providers and the business sector are vital in meeting the needs of people with disabilities. Investment in building the capacity and resources of communities is essential to enable inclusion.
  10. People with disabilities are citizens and have a life-long capacity for learning, development and contribution. They have the right to expect that services and supports should respond to their changing needs and aspirations and they should have the opportunity to contribute to society through employment, public service and by other valued means.