ERIC Number: ED143943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Integrated Living for Severely Disabled People: A Radical Approach.
Pagano, Nicholas A., Jr.
This presentation outlines the approach to integrated living for severely disabled individuals which was developed by Independent Living for the Handicapped of Brooklyn, New York. After a brief overview of the history and philosophy of this organization, the 'how-to' approach is explained. This program model coordinates services which are generally available to the non-handicapped population, toward the goal of independent living for severely disabled persons. The 'how-to' approach is explored from the viewpoint of a person in a wheelchair: how to find an apartment; how to be assertive; how to cope with daily living problems, such as, how to supervise home staff, how to fire someone, how to budget, and how to shop and use free time creatively. The government funding which is available to a person who chooses this lifestyle is presented, as well as the support services which may be needed to obtain these entitlements. A definition is offered. In addition, component parts of this program model, such as an Emergency Aide Service and a Specialized Livery Service, are presented. The assets and deficits of this community based non-medical model are discussed, as well as an evaluation of accountability in light of the partnership which develops between people who are disabled and people who are not. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (84th, Washington, D.C., September 3-7, 1976)