ERIC Number: ED245443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Normalization: Challenges and Dilemmas.
Levy, Joel M.; Levy, Philip H.
The presentation addresses the meaning of normalization and the dilemmas and challenges that confront social service professionals involved in attempting to incorporate the normalization principle into day treatment programs for mentally retarded and developmentally disabled persons. Effects of the current conservatism in governmental and social thinking are considered. Shortages are cited in community-based family support services, services for multiply handicapped mentally retarded, and services for handicapped persons beyond age 21. Financial constraints and poor planning are noted, as are some governmental programs that foster a sense of dependence, thereby hindering normalization progress. The effects of fickle public opinion and attitudes are also briefly touched upon. It is concluded that professionals and agency heads have a responsibility in helping to shape public attitudes and policy toward normalization. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Young Adult Inst. & Workshop, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Severely Handicapped (10th, San Francisco, CA, November 3-5, 1983).