ERIC Number: ED136452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Opening Closed Doors: The Deinstitutionalization of Disabled Individuals.
Presented is a survey of current trends and issues pertaining to institutionalization and deinstitutionalization of handicapped persons in America. Chapter 1, an introduction, examines deinstitutionalization from ideological, public policy, psychosocial, and programmatic perspectives. Considered in the second chapter are obstacles that impede deinstitutionalization as reported from a study of trends in contemporary deinstitutionalization planning experiences in 34 states. Chapter 3 is the report of an analysis of recent data emanating from accreditation surveys of residential facilities in 21 states. Described in chapter 4 is a study which undertook to identify available print and audiovisual information and training materials on reintegrating retarded individuals from institutions to community settings. Practical suggestions for program planners, administrators, and legislators contemplating involvement in deinstitutionalization efforts are offered in the fifth chapter. The final chapter restates the major study findings and addresses the public policy question of what is to be done in terms of transition to a new service model, prevention of institutionalization, and the role of federal and state government. Appended are an annotated bibliography of print and audiovisual information and training materials, a list of classified critical standards for 35 nonaccredited facilities surveyed, the state document fact sheets, and the text of the survey letter transmitted to obtain administrative documents. (DB)
Descriptors: Administration, Community Role, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Government Role, Institutionalized Persons, Institutions, Mental Retardation, Program Development, Public Policy, State Surveys
The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091 ($7.50, Publication Number 150)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.