ERIC Number: ED352746
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Remembering the Soul of Our Work. Stories by the Staff of Options in Community Living.
O'Brien, John, Ed.; O'Brien, Connie Lyle, Ed.
The personal stories in this collection are by the staff of an agency which provides "supported living" services to adults with mental retardation and other disabilities. The stories were written to be read at monthly staff meetings when time is set aside to clarify and renew the organization's values. Introductory material offers suggestions for other agencies wishing to use this approach, provides basic information on the Options in Community Living organization, and describes three typical clients. The brief narratives are grouped into the following categories: ordinary moments, everyday triumphs, assistance, understanding, how people change, dreams, family, friends, money matters, fighting the system, clienthood, control, suffering and death, teachers, words of power, "why I do this work," and writing stories at work. (DB)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Disabilities, Independent Living, Mental Retardation, Normalization (Handicapped), Personal Narratives, Quality of Life, Quality of Working Life, Staff Development, Values
Options in Community Living, 22 North Second St., Madison, WI 53704.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Creative Works
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.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.; Responsive Systems Associates, Lithonia, GA.; Options in Community Living, Madison, WI.