ERIC Number: ED336920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Assuring Residential Quality: Issues, Approaches and Instruments.
Bersani, Hank A., Jr.
This report begins with discussion of several issues in the field of quality assurance in residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities. The issues include definitions of key terms, the role of ideology, major types of quality assurance, and dimensions of quality assurance. The report takes the position that primary values include integration, consumer participation, choice, and a focus on the essence of "homeness." An annotated bibliography of instruments designed to review program quality describes two instruments developed by national accreditation bodies, eight published systems for assessing/assuring program quality, and 17 additional references on quality assurance systems. An annotated bibliography of measures of individual integration offers descriptions and comments on 11 check lists, interview schedules, survey forms, and other rating scales. Appendixes contain a reprint of "The Community Imperative: A Refutation of All Arguments in Support of Institutionalizing Anybody Because of Mental Retardation" (a statement by the Center on Human Policy of Syracuse University); a statement in support of families and their children; an article by Hank Bersani, Jr., titled "Making Sure a House Is Still a Home"; and information on ensuring quality services. (JDD)
Descriptors: Definitions, Developmental Disabilities, Evaluation Methods, Ideology, Normalization (Handicapped), Program Effectiveness, Quality Control, Residential Programs, Social Integration, Standards
Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, 200 Huntington Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-2340 ($3.40).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
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.