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December 7, 2011

Community Living Adjustments Have Barriers

A report was written recently about the adjustments of community living by the National Disability Rights Network.  The report focused on people with physical/mental challenges moving from mental facilities to community residences in North Carolina and Alabama.  Their experiences were supervised by representatives at the federal level and activists organizations in each state.

People with physical/mental challenges were generally happy about being a part of community living.  They had more freedom to select meals. Choosing bedtimes was also an advantage.

However, community living did show some barriers for people with physical/mental challenges.  Kids were absent from school and people who needed communication devices weren’t given one.  People that wanted jobs in a community setting obtained employment doing paperwork.

“The findings demonstrate that institutions can be closed and individuals with disabilities moved into community settings, but their quality of life can be no more independent and integrated than their lives in institutions unless community integration efforts include monitoring and advocacy,” said Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network.

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