ERIC Number: EJ868566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Living Independently in a Home and Community of Choice: How?
Braswell, Gail; Ritter, Linda; Sufficool, Mary Jane
Exceptional Parent, v39 n7 p30-31 Jul 2009
Residents in a group home, supported apartment, or intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded (ICF/MR) are not guaranteed a place for life. Neither are they guaranteed they won't have to move if their provider needs to "rearrange" clients. Separating residence from support gives an individual control over the most basic decisions regarding where they live, with whom they live, the level of the assistance they receive, and how they spend their time. Independent living does not mean doing everything alone, not needing anybody, or living in isolation. It is about having the same choices as everyone else. Accordingly, a person with a disability should have the option to own a home. In this article, the authors discuss how cohousing communities work and why they are such a vital resource in the ongoing challenge of offering those with disabilities the same human rights that are afforded those without disabilities. The authors present some strategies for a person with a disability to live in his own home followed by a brief explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Descriptors: Independent Living, Mental Retardation, Group Homes, Self Determination, Disabilities, Civil Rights, Housing
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