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ERIC Number: ED208838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 12
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Library Services in Institutions for Mentally and Developmentally Disabled Adults.
Ensor, Pat
To improve the quality of life of institutionalized individuals, libraries can serve as a constructive escape mechanism for dealing with stress, a representation of external reality, and a therapeutic agent, in addition to offering bibliotherapy. Ideally, the library should be an integral part of the institution and provide a user-appropriate setting and therapeutic environment. Although developmentally disabled individuals have been defined by levels of Intelligence Quotient tests, the librarian must know each individual to make the most of his or her potential. The selection of materials for these individuals should be based on simplicity of format, clear directions, durability, appropriateness, and ability, and they should be available in various forms such as visual aids, books, recorded music, and realia. If the librarian is to be an effective member of the therapeutic team, he or she needs to be sensitive, objective, flexible, and ready to communicate with and treat each person without prejudice or stereotyping. Trends toward mainstreaming and the recognition of patients' rights to information and treatment confirm the importance of the library's role in the institutional program. Twelve sources are included. (RBF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Library Services and Construction Act