ERIC Number: ED307741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Site Visit Report: Boise Group Homes, Boise, Idaho, August 25-27, 1986.
This report describes Boise Group Homes, a program in Boise, Idaho, which integrates people with severe disabilities into community life. The report is based on a site visit, which included visits to group homes, interviews with program staff, and review of program documents. Three areas of promising practices reflect the values and commitment of the staff: environments and images; appearances of daily life in working, living, and learning; and staff development and organizational supports. The staff makes efforts to normalize the home environment and the lives of the residents, and staff members are referred to as "part-time residents," to minimize the connotation of a worker/client relationship. Positive reinforcement is used extensively to promote learning of functional skills and social behavior. Residents often participate in community activities, and staff continually seek to expand the breadth of activities. Staff development involves completion of several inservice modules, each of which contains a series of objectives, readings, videotapes, and a pre/post-test. An appendix contains a program description produced by Boise Group Homes, which outlines the organizational intent, characteristics of the homes, characteristics of resident instruction, staff patterns and training, and organizational structure. (JDD)
Descriptors: Group Experience, Group Homes, Independent Living, Normalization (Handicapped), Severe Disabilities, Social Integration, Staff Development, Staff Role
Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, Research and Training Center on Community Integration, 724 Comstock Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-4230 ($2.20).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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.