ERIC Number: ED307739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Small Homes: A Case Study of Westport Associates.
A case study is presented of Westport Associates, a corporation in Westport, Massachusetts, which operates small group homes for formerly institutionalized men and women with severe disabilities. Westport Associates was founded to create the antithesis of an institution, to treat residents as individuals worthy of respect, and to offer residents choices in their lives. Strategies were developed to ensure that the men and women felt part of a home and not simply as people who were being managed by a system. The case study presents biographical information about each of the residents. It also reports on the Medicaid-funded day program attended by the group home residents, other community activities attended by the residents, the obstacles to developing friendships with nondisabled community members, staffing patterns, costs associated with operating the homes, and changes evident in each of the residents due to their group home experience. (JDD)
Descriptors: Adults, Behavior Change, Case Studies, Community Programs, Day Programs, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Group Homes, Independent Living, Normalization (Handicapped), Program Development, Severe Disabilities, Staff Role
Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, Research and Training Center on Community Integration, 724 Comstock Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-4230 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.