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ERIC Number: EJ920694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1184-0412
Breaching the Last Frontier: Dignity and the Toileting Issue for Persons with Multiple and Severe Disabilities
Pivato, Emma
Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, v37 n1-2 p153-164 2009
Although much has been written about the normalization and social inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities over the past 50 years, a small subset of this population has remained largely overlooked--individuals who are quadriplegic, non-verbal and who also have additional disabilities, including cognitive impairment. The present project was designed to address one of the most glaring aspects of this neglect--personal control over personal hygiene and its connection to human dignity and sense of self-efficacy. Ten parents with adult children with severe and multiple disabilities were asked a series of questions to explore the following thesis: Are unnecessary physical barriers negatively impacting on normalization in the area of personal care, an important area of pro-social behavior?
J.P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. 6-102 Education North, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-4505; Fax: 780-492-1318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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