ERIC Number: ED369220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Taylor, Steve, Ed.; And Others
Policy Bulletin, n3 Win 1993
This policy bulletin addresses the issue of protecting the safety of people with developmental disabilities from their increased risk of neglect, abuse, and mistreatment. An article by Steven J. Taylor considers "The Paradox of Regulations," noting both the protective effects of regulations and their effect in stifling innovation and creativity and undermining normalization and community integration. The article contends that regulatory reform depends on reform of the current developmental disability service system, that people with developmental disabilities and their families should be provided with clear-cut rights and due process mechanisms, and that informal mechanisms to promote the quality and responsiveness of services should be encouraged. The remainder of the issue contrasts two approaches to increase people's security. One, which is called administrative regulation and related legal advocacy, formalizes the relationship between people with disabilities and service providers. The second, called lifesharing and other personal commitments, calls for and relies on personal commitment in building communities and protective relationships. Contributions, limits, and effectiveness factors are listed for each approach. Specific recommendations address empowering families, reducing isolation, making services more effective, and supporting the contribution of families and friends. Twelve steps to reduce regulatory excess and encourage quality are listed. (Contains an annotated bibliography of 13 items.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Change Strategies, Compliance (Legal), Developmental Disabilities, Family Programs, Federal Regulation, Group Homes, Helping Relationship, Human Services, Institutionalized Persons, Legal Responsibility, Normalization (Disabilities), Personal Autonomy, Public Policy, Quality Control, Resistance to Change, Safety
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.