What more is possible? (long) [PDF]

John O’Brien & Beth Mount

by John O’Brien and Beth Mount


The purpose of person-centered practice is to assist people with intellectual
disabilities and their allies to co-create the conditions for a life together that they
have good reasons to value living. Such a life includes a personally suited version
of the ordinary experiences that matter to anyone: the experience of being present
in typical community places for the same purposes as other citizens; a sense of
belonging as an equal among others; opportunities to develop gifts and capacities
and experience the respect and sense of meaning that comes with the expression
of those capacities in contributing social roles; and the power to make choices
about their life circumstances. […]