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The long history of the struggle for independent living in Slovenia and the enactment of the Personal Assistance Act in 2019 are described. Extensive and realistic examples from practice explain how to manage personal assistance, what personal assistance is and is not, and how it differs from other services in the community. We define personal assistance as a human right and not as social support or service based on protection and care.

We are guided by the hope and desire that the manual will encourage new activist efforts in Europe and the world to establish personal assistance as a fundamental tool for achieving independent living. At the same time, it will lead policymakers at all levels to the realization that they cannot and must no longer ignore efforts to establish personal assistance services; at national and European levels.

If we want to preserve dignity, defend democracy and go beyond the enforcement of human rights.

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