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ERIC Number: ED345451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Designing Policies in Support of Inclusive Community: Questions for Decision Makers.
This paper proposes that those who make policy for individuals with severe disabilities ought to evaluate current actions and frame proposed changes according to whether these changes protect or increase citizens' opportunities to build inclusive community by establishing suitable position and priority for adequate government investment. Such policies would reposition state and federal government towards the role of guarantor of civil rights, ensurer of adequate cash income for people with disabilities and their families, and underwriter of a variety of means to assist these individuals to manage their situation or find their place in community life. Development of such policies to establish priorities in government funding requires consideration of such questions as: How can we decrease disincentives to participation in community life?; How can we ensure sufficient cash income for people with disabilities?; How can we increase options for direct control of the specific supports people require?; and How can we invest in activities that build inclusive community? Decision makers who increase foresight, make explicit the image of people with disabilities underlying their policies, and state the links between their decisions and the growth of inclusive community will make better policies than decision makers who neglect to explore these three perspectives. Successful exploration depends on involving people with different positions, including the people with disabilities who are intended to benefit, their allies, and the people who will actually provide assistance and offer opportunities. (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Responsive Systems Associates, Lithonia, GA.