ERIC Number: ED437779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Towards Inclusion: National Evaluation of Deinstitutionalization Initiatives. Professional Report.
Roeher Inst., North York (Ontario).
This report discusses outcomes of a Canadian initiative to assist in the deinstitutionalization of persons with intellectual disabilities in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. The projects were managed through a partnership in each province including representatives from Human Resources Development Canada, the provincial government, the Canadian Association for Community Living, and the provincial Associations for Community Living. The projects included over 250 individuals with intellectual disabilities living in institutional facilities, and 15 individuals living without adequate supports in the community. Under the projects, the majority of those individuals who were supposed to move from institutional facilities did move; others are still receiving supports to assist them in making decisions with respect to their moving. As people became more included in their communities and were given greater status in decisions affecting them, enormous personal growth and development took place, opportunities for integration expanded, and their health status improved. The report discusses outcomes relating to self-determination, supportive personal relationships, educational and economic integration, community participation, and access to personal supports. The cost-effectiveness of the projects, mechanisms enabling community inclusion, policy factors, and future directions are also discussed. An appendix provides an overview of the initiative. (Author/CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Agency Cooperation, Community Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Decision Making, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Empowerment, Foreign Countries, Group Homes, Independent Living, Mental Retardation, Personal Autonomy, Rehabilitation, Self Advocacy, Social Integration
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Human Resource Development Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Roeher Inst., North York (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada