There’s a movement across the country to stop institutionalizing people with developmental disabilities

Posted by Pam Blanton on December 12, 2015

From King 5 News, Susannah Frame – Part three of 3-part  series

There’s a movement across the country to stop institutionalizing people with developmental disabilities.  According to academic and legal experts, the current best practice is to care for this population in regular neighborhoods with proper support. The theory is that people with disabilities should be integrated into the general population where they can experience and be part of their communities.

But a small, vocal minority is fighting to keep the four facilities in Washington state open. Advocates for the institutions include the unions representing state workers who staff them, and relatives of those living in them.  The family members said taking their loved one’s home away from them would be cruel and dangerous.

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