Deinstitutionalization and People with Intellectual Disabilities: In and out of Institutions

Deinstitutionalization and People with Intellectual Disabilities: In and out of Institutions

Deinstitutionalization and People with Intellectual Disabilities: In and out of Institutions

Deinstitutionalization and People with Intellectual Disabilities: In and out of Institutions

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"This international collection of personal and professional perspectives takes a fresh look at deinstitutionalization. It addresses the key steps towards deinstitutionalization as they have been experienced by people with intellectual disabilities: living inside total institutions, moving out, living in the community and moving on to new forms of both institutionalization and community life." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Rannveig Traustadóttir, Iceland, and Kelley Johnson, Australia

This book is about deinstitutionalization. We thought it was important to write about this issue from the point of view of people with intellectual disabilities so that we can understand better what it has meant to them. People with intellectual disabilities, their family members and those who work with them have come together to write about what it has been like to live in large institutions, move out of them and live in the community. The book also looks at new ideas and practices that might make life better for people with intellectual disabilities in the future.

The chapters in this book show that while life in institutions was difficult for many people, institutions were most often set up with good intentions. We think it is important to understand this in order to make sure that community living for people with intellectual disabilities gives people the best possible life. While the people who have written chapters in this book do not want to go back to the institutions, they do talk about some of the problems that they face with living in the community. Sometimes their lives are good; people talk about meeting up with families, working, going on holidays and . . .

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