ERIC Number: ED412683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Not Just a Place To Live: Building Community in Toronto.
Walker, Pam; O'Connor, Susan
This case study describes the recent development of two housing co-ops "Courtyard" and "CHORD," in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) that are inclusive of people with disabilities, that is, the co-ops were developed by people with disabilities, their families, and friends. Focus is on components utilized in the planning and development of the co-ops by their umbrella organization, Neighbors Allied for Better Opportunities in Residential Support (NABORS). The report is based on a site visit in April 1994 to the first of the co-ops, open for 10 months at that time. Background information notes the importance of the involvement of people with disabilities, parents, and advocates, and the value of the co-op as an intentional community, not just a housing co-op. A section on co-op organization describes the two co-op housing complexes and the support organization, including their boards of directors, a vision statement, co-op subsidies, membership issues, and allocation of government aid. A statement of principles addresses issues of community, natural social support, membership participation, self-determination, and nondiscrimination. Another section provides quotes from personnel involved in the development of intentional community. The study concludes with a statement emphasizing the importance of organizational clarity, intentional community, full participation for everyone, and relationships. (DB)
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: Canada (Toronto)