ERIC Number: ED413725
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
A Chance To Be Made Whole: People First Members Being Friends to Tear Down Institution Walls.
Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
This booklet presents ideas and experiences of members of People First of Tennessee, including those with disabilities, an organization that is working to improve the lives of people with disabilities who still live in institutions. Emphasis is on their role as "next friends," people who get the attention of a federal judge regarding their needs when they cannot speak for themselves and have no family willing or able to do so. Individual items in the booklet cover: a meeting with a resident despite staff objections; ways to befriend people in institutions; the importance of eye-to-eye contact; communication with people who can't talk; ways to relate to individuals who act violent; the role of People First meetings; negative aspects of institution life; ways the institution may try to prevent People First members from befriending residents; and ways to deal with uncooperative institutional staff. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Responsive Systems Associates, Lithonia, GA.; 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.