ERIC Number: ED287247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Profound Mental Handicap: The Ultimate Challenge. A Report on the Proceedings of an International Conference (Madrid, Spain, November 1984).
This report synthesizes the discussions which took place at an international conference on profound mental handicap held in Madrid, Spain (November, 1984). An overview of the issues involved in helping people with profound handicaps cites several positive trends, such as education for all, family support services, home visitations by direct care practitioners, parents' active participation in their child's development, deinstitutionalization, employment opportunities, and the individual program plan. A chapter entitled "What Happens at Present" focuses on the ways in which parents of profoundly mentally handicapped children acquire factual information, cope with community reactions in a world designed for "normal" people, and handle deinstitutionalization and the costs of raising a handicapped child. A subsequent chapter looks at successful developments in the areas of interdisciplinary approaches, improved counseling, assessment procedures, communication and social behavior, personnel training, and integrated regional planning. The moral, biological, philosophical, and aesthetic arguments for taking action are also presented. A final chapter called "Getting It Done" discusses resources available for dealing with government bureaucracies, public attitudes, the media, and financial needs. A list of Conference recommendations concludes the report. (JDD)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Coping, Family Involvement, Foreign Countries, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Approach, Severe Mental Retardation, Social Action, Social Responsibility, Social Support Groups
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Community
Authoring Institution: International League of Societies for the Mentally Handicapped, Brussels (Belgium).
Note: For related document, see EC 200 553. Printed on grey paper.