Support to individuals with comprehensive disabilities: ideas in the Swedish Disability Act

Kent Ehliasson, Ulf Ericsson, Anita Bengtsson Tops

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The purpose of this study was to determine and describe the ideas, that is, a mental construction of perceived reality and values, which are expressed in the Swedish Disability Act and its Government Bill. By means of text analysis, four concepts of reality and values have been identified: (1) Citizenship and justice, (2) The collective and integration, (3) The individual and autonomy, and (4) Decentralization and power shifts. The study also shows that social rights and social citizenship have been strengthened via legislation for individuals with comprehensive disabilities. It is also demonstrated that there is considerable room in the legislation for conflicts between the two concepts and values of collective/integration and the individual/autonomy. It can also be observed that there is a considerable risk that citizens are not treated in a similar manner as regards the interpretation and application of the Disability Act, which may lead to lack of legal security.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-244
Number of pages10
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Social Sciences (5)


  • Swedish Disability Act
  • comprehensive disabilities
  • concepts of reality
  • ideas
  • values


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