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Citizenship and aging with CP

Aging with CP demands on the capacity of adults with CP to adapt, but also requires care to be more sensitive to the context, expertise and autonomy of adults with CP.

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Introduction

Attention to citizenship and aging with CP is relevant for several reasons.

  • The impact of CP during aging increases, this complicates societal functioning and challenges the daily life.
  • With the decentralizations of support and long-term care in 2015, the entitlement to support and care has been withdrawn and citizens with disabilities need to solve more themselves and/or in their own network.
  • By ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Dutch government has committed itself to equal citizen rights for persons with disabilities. This convention describes the full scope of citizenship in the different articles.

Project

In this project, nineteen adults with CP older than 40 years were interviewed using the Photovoice method. The participants were recruited by Basalt Rehabilitation. The interviews took place at participants' homes. Prior to the interview, participants took photographs of situations, places, or objects that reflected the meaning of citizenship for them. These photographs guided the interviews.

Attention to CP

Attention to citizenship and aging with CP is relevant for several reasons.

  • The impact of CP during aging increases, this complicates societal functioning and challenges the daily life.
  • With the decentralizations of support and long-term care in 2015, the entitlement to support and care has been withdrawn and citizens with disabilities need to solve more themselves and/or in their own network.
  • By ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Dutch government has committed itself to equal citizen rights for persons with disabilities. This convention describes the full scope of citizenship in the different articles.

Aim of the project

The aim of this project was to gain insight in what citizenship means for adults with CP older than 40 years and what they need in order to fulfil their citizenship. Based on the information gathered, an infographic and a short film were developed to advertise the theme of citizenship.

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