ERIC Number: ED260551
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Confessions of a Community Placement Optimist.
This paper offers reflections from the author's experience with community placement for developmentally disabled persons, specifically addressing practical and philosophical issues. Drawn from the author's personal involvement with the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center (MORE) in Michigan, this document notes nine illustrations of progress from 1969-1984. It is suggested that staff at MORE are helped to acquire a sense of urgency, a sense of ownership for solving the problem, commitment to action on behalf of the consumer. Among different ways that agencies and associations have battled successfully with their own service structures are factors involving: relationships with parents, readiness reversal (suggesting that virtually everyone can move into the community if the right alternatives are created), staff specialized in developing homes, approaches to dealing with the news media, and decisions to avoid distractions that could lead workers off task. Threats to momentum, including prejudice, complacency, and the pull of "institutional gravity," are considered. The paper concludes by asserting the importance of seeing the larger picture in the lives of developmentally disabled persons. (CL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper based on presentation at the Annual Conference of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps (11th, Chicago, IL, November 8-10, 1984).