Legal Issues Related to Caregiving for an Individual with Disabilities

Chapter
Part of the Caregiving: Research • Practice • Policy book series (CARE)

Abstract

United States policy acknowledges, but does not support, caregiving for individuals with disabilities. That is the conclusion I reached after researching the legal status of caregiving with people having disabilities. Our nation’s policy is a patchwork quilt of laws that were drafted during very different periods of time, intended primarily to provide benefits for individuals with disabilities themselves. Caregivers generally were an afterthought. As a result, the federal government collects little information about caregivers, provides very little financial support for caregivers, imposes unnecessary barriers to caregivers, and needlessly complicates the work of caregivers.

Keywords

Income Assure Expense Quadriplegia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hofstra UniversityLong IslandUSA

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