ERIC Number: ED342144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Down Stairs That Are Never Your Own: Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities in Their Own Homes.
The current standard in providing residential services for individuals with severe disabilities favors serving small groups of people with similar levels of assistance needs in ordinary housing units, which are owned or leased by nonprofit agencies, funded by a mix of federal and state funds, and employ shift workers who provide professionally defined programming targeted on increasing each resident's level of independence. A new standard is developing that emphasizes supporting people to live in their own homes. Two dangers threaten to compromise the new standard. Enthusiasts might dump people with developmental disabilities into squalid or dangerous dwellings in the name of getting people into their own places, or people who want to catch the wave of innovation might resolve the tension between vision and current practice by simply relabeling existing facility types as people's own homes. Steering between these two threats means pursuing an agenda shaped by considering three dimensions of what it means for people to have their own homes. People have their own homes when they experience a sense of place, when they or their agent control their home and the support necessary to live there, and when they occupy the valued role of home owner or tenant and thus build equity or credit through rent or purchase payments. (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.; Responsive Systems Associates, Lithonia, GA.