More than Just a New Address [PDF]

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John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien


Reports in the Perspectives on Community Building series discuss issues of concern to those who are working to increase the presence and participation of people with developmental disabilities in the neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, and associations that constitute community life. These reports are based on visits to innovative human services programs and focus group discussions. Program visits include intensive inter- views with program leaders and staff, and usually with some of the people they serve. Discussions include people with different interests and points of view: people with devel- opmental disabilities, family members, people who provide and manage services, peo- ple who make policy and manage services systems, and others who work for stronger, more inclusive communities.

Preparation of this paper drew on…

  • ◊  A series of working group meetings and interviews with members of the Washing- ton State Residential Service Guidelines Task Force, which took place in March and May of 1991
  • ◊  Interviews with staff and managers from Training Toward Self Reliance in Sacra- mento, California in December 1989 and April 1991
  • ◊  Interviews with board members and managers of Residential, Inc., in New Lexing- ton, Ohio, in 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991
  • ◊  Interviews with staff and managers of Renaissance House in Tiffin, Ohio, in Febru- ary 1991
  • ◊  Discussions with managers and staff of Options in Community Living, Madison, Wisconsin, in 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991
  • ◊  A June 1991 working group meeting in South Onondaga, New York, with Kathy Bar- tholomew-Lorimer, Gail Jacob, Beth Mount, and Steve Taylor