ERIC Number: ED442231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Acting on a Vision: Agency Conversion at KFI, Millinocket, Maine.
This report is part of a series of reports designed to document innovative daytime and supported living practices. It is based on a site visit to Katahdin Friends, Inc. (KFI) in March 1998. Since the mid-1980s, KFI, located in Millinocket, Maine, has transformed its supports for people with developmental disabilities from those that promote segregation to those that promote community inclusion and membership. KFI has transformed their preschool into an integrated preschool and closed the special purpose school, transferring children into regular public schools. In addition, they closed both the workshop and the day program, opting instead to support people in community jobs and other meaningful, integrated daytime activities. At the time of the site visit, the agency provided supported living services to 22 people and day services to 14 individuals. The first section of the report describes some of the key factors that facilitated conversion. The next section presents examples of community supports provided by the agency. A concluding section discusses key components to the conversion process, including a value base that plays a strong role in guiding decisions and actions, persistence, creativity, a focus on relationships, and collaboration. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Creativity, Disabilities, Inclusive Schools, Independent Living, Organizational Change, Performance Factors, Persistence, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Supported Employment, Teamwork
Center on Human Policy, Syracuse University, 805 South Crouse Ave., Syracuse, NY 13244-2280. For full text: http://soeweb.syr.edu/thechp.
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: Maine