ERIC Number: ED328025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
No Place Like Home.
Dufresne, Derrick F.
Historically, in the field of developmental disabilities, the place of residence determines the level of support provided. This has led to a situation in which the more home-like the residence, the less public financial support it receives. The more disabled an individual is and the more difficulties that individual presents, the further he or she is from ever having a place to call home. Severely disabled individuals face difficulties in facilities, such as difficulties in learning when surrounded by others with behavioral problems or intensive needs; the failure to generalize skills; and a reward system which requires individuals who learn and grow to move to other facilities, leaving their neighborhood, friends, and surroundings. The concept of supported housing is an attempt to bring supports needed by an individual to his/her home, equal to the support provided in the traditional continuum of services. Adoption of this concept requires acceptance that supported living is not necessarily cheaper than other forms of residential care. The most fundamental creed upon which supported housing is based is that everyone deserves a home. There is no "readiness" required to live in the community. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Continuum Models; Impairment Severity; Supported Housing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation (Atlanta, GA, May 27-31, 1990).