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Community Care and Inclusion for People with an Intellectual Disability

Edited by Maria Lyons and Robin Jackson
Foreword by Margaret Anne Begg, DBE
Introduction by Robin Jackson
January 2017
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    31st January 2017
  • ISBN 9781782503330
  • Language English
  • Pages 256 pp.
  • Size 6.1" x 9.2"

“Can we be sure that the policy of ‘care in the community’ hasn’t led to care in isolation? In the search for independent living, have we lost the social and shared experience of living together? Has this emphasis on independent living merely led to greater exclusion? Increasingly, I feel that, in many cases, ‘care’ has become something done to someone, not done with them.” —Dame Anne Begg

Community care is a concept that, for four decades, has shaped government policy, provision, and practice for people with an intellectual disability. Standing in contrast to institutional care, which held sway for much of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, community care is often presented in simplistic ways which need to be challenged and rebalanced.

The essays in this varied collection are multidisciplinary and bring the widest perspective to this controversial and elusive yet highly influential concept. They examine the barriers that people with an intellectual disability face, including access to housing, work, healthcare, and online resources. They assess the practice of community care and advocate for far-reaching changes to philosophies and the quality of care services. They offer insightful comparative studies from around the world, including from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, China, and Bhutan.

Contributors include Robin Dunbar, Robert Cummins, Susan Balandin, Dan McKanan, Bryan Dague, Michael Kendrick, Simon Jarrett, Tho Na Vinh, Birgit Mirfin-Voitch, and more.

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword by Dame Anne Begg
Introduction by Robin Jackson

“The History of Intellectual Disability: Inclusion or Exclusion”
by Simon Jerrett

“At Society’s Pleasure: The Rise and Fall of Services to People with an Intellectual Disability”
by Robert Cummins

“Realities of Social Life and their Implications for Social Inclusion”
by Robin Dunbar

“Making a Space for the Lost Stories of Inclusion”
by Paul Milner and Brigit Mirfin-Veitch

“Affordances and Challenges of Virtual Communities for People with Intellectual Disability”
by Judith Molka-Danielsen and Susan Balantin

“Social Exclusion of People with Intellectual Disability: A Psychotherapist’s Perspective”
by Alan Corbett

“Community Health Care for People with an Intellectual Disability: A Pharmacist’s Perspective”
by Berrnadette Flood

“Citizenship and Community: The Challenge of Camphill”
by Dan McKanan

“The Widening Impact of an Intentional Supportive Community”
by Diedra Heitzman

“Re-thinking Work in Relation to Community Inclusion”
by Maria Lyons

“Employment Services for People with an Intellectual Disability: Building Connections in Vermont”
by Bryan Dague

“Community Living, Inclusion, and Disability in China”
by Chris Walter

“Gross National Happiness as an Alternative to Development Paradigm and Its Relevance for Community Wellbeing”
by Ha Vinh Tho

“Longing for Virtuous Community”
by Michael Kendrick