ERIC Number: ED307760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
"We Care for Our Own'" Georgia Citizen Advocacy in Savannah and Macon.
The report describes the Georgia Citizen Advocacy program which links developmentally disabled persons with persons in the community who will look out for their interests. The program is commended for its emphasis on development of "advocate/protege" relationships which are often just the starting point for involving the disabled individual in a network of relationships. Three specific relationships are highlighted in the report. Conclusions include the following: the program capitalizes on aspects of Georgia culture such as neighborliness, helping your own, and independence; the staff's close relationship to the community is an important aspect of the program's success; a relationship between a disabled and nondisabled person is likely to expand to other relationships in the community; strong ideological commitment by an agency is likely to improve the quality of life for disabled persons; and people in meaningful relationships with disabled persons grow to take them for granted and derive gratification from them. (DB)
Descriptors: Adult Foster Care, Advocacy, Community Programs, Developmental Disabilities, Foster Care, Friendship, Helping Relationship, Placement, Severe Disabilities, State Programs
Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, Research and Training Center on Community Integration, 724 Comstock Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-4230 ($2.25).
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.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia