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ERIC Number: EJ911788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7599
Not Your Average Childhood: Lived Experience of Children with Physical Disabilities Raised in Bloorview Hospital, Home and School from 1960 to 1989
Odell, Tracy
Disability & Society, v26 n1 p49-63 Jan 2011
Sixteen adults with physical disabilities participated in this emancipatory research study to document their recollection of institutionalization in Toronto's Bloorview Hospital, Home and School between 1960 and 1989. This study suggests that: there were two distinct cohorts of residents, with the latter group having a relatively more positive experience; residents operationalized a hierarchy among themselves; residents experienced emotional, physical and sexual abuse while in residence; peer relationships were valued, both within and outside the institution; residents found creative ways to be rebellious; reprisals took the form of physical abuse related to disability; most residents had difficulty expressing their sexuality; family relationships were highly valued by residents; therapeutic interventions were not valued; recreational programs were highly valued by residents and contributed to self-esteem; and educational experiences were highly valued, but deemed inadequate. Respondents, in retrospect, support an ongoing role for institutions as a resource for technology and for fostering independence. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada