ERIC Number: ED442226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Community Engagement: A Necessary Condition for Self-Determination and Individual Funding.
This report discusses the need to provide people with disabilities with accessible opportunities for community contribution and to provide the individualized supports and assistance necessary to enable their participation. Two strategies are discussed for realizing these objectives: adequate individual funding controlled by people with disabilities and their families and friends; and a process of culture change through community engagement. Two models of the community engagement process are presented that directly involve more people and associations and promote higher levels of organization among people with disabilities and their families and friends. Possibilities for action are described and include: (1) create more family groups; (2) support leadership from among people with disabilities; (3) tell powerful stories; (4) keep person-centered planning vital and outside the orbit of the service system; (5) maintain clear links to political action while pursuing a distinct strategy; (6) develop cooperative projects; and (7) offer formal learning opportunities. (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adults, Advocacy, Attitude Change, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Community Support, Depleted Resources, Disabilities, Financial Needs, Independent Living, Models, Political Power, Resource Allocation
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research and Training Center on Community Living.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
Authoring Institution: Responsive Systems Associates, Lithonia, GA.; Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Note: Paper based on a meeting of the Community Engagement Working Group (Pickering, Ontario, Canada, March 25, 1999).