Mental health supports


Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization (2016)

A film documenting the social paradigm shift triggered by Wolf Wolfensberger, a professor and change agent who, in the early 1970s, popularized and expanded the principle of normalization of people with disabilities into a framework for community inclusion. People are often judged according to how they conform to commonly-held beliefs of what is normal - normal appearance, behavior, ability. And those deemed "abnormal" can be considered undeserving of common respect, dignity, and even basic rights. For many with intellectual and developmental disabilities, this has meant segregation, isolation, and exclusion, with little or no opportunity to access the good things in life. Through archival images and footage, and dozens of interviews, *Valuing Lives* explores the principle of normalization, an idea originating in Scandinavia that challenged fundamental assumptions about people with intellectual disabilities, and the iconoclastic professor whose writings and intense workshops trained thousands of human services professionals in the theory and practice of this idea. This brought about a sea change in thinking at a time when it was considered normal to warehouse nearly 200,000 Americans with intellectual disabilities in large institutions. Wolfensberger helped change the conversation from institutional reform to rethinking society's assumptions of disability and the role of human services. There are still institutions for people with intellectual disabilities, and some voices are calling for new, segregated communities where, it is believed, they will be safer "with their own kind." It is time for a new generation of leaders to rediscover the principle of normalization. (Publication Date: April 05, 2016)

Staff: Jerry W Smith

Collaborators: Institute on Disabilities, Temple University [Philadelphia, PA]

Feature Issue on Fostering Success in School and Beyond for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (Spring 2005)

A newsletter issue discussing how K-12 educators can more effectively work with students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) within the context of educating increasingly diverse populations of students in our classrooms. Educating students identified as having emotional/behavioral disorders in general education classrooms and ensuring their inclusion in all aspects of the school community can be challenging for several reasons. To effectively educate them there must be collaboration between all the instructional and administrative staff in the school; everyone must be "on the same page" in implementing prevention and intervention efforts. In addition, there must be a willingness on the part of teachers to explore new teaching methods that more actively engage students with EBD. Ongoing staff development and training are needed to update and maintain educator skills in working with students with EBD. And sufficient resources must be available at the school and district level to sustain programming. This *Impact* describes how these and other challenges are being addressed around the country, and offers strategies that have been demonstrated to improve positive educational and social outcomes for students with EBD in today's K-12 schools. (Publication Date: May 23, 2005)

Staff: Vicki D Gaylord

Quality Mall (2004 - Present)

An interactive database providing an online clearinghouse of over 3,500 resources from around the country related to person-centered services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For use by individuals with disabilities, families, advocates, government officials, and service providers, it covers a wide variety of topical areas related to community participation and inclusion, and quality of life. Quality Mall is managed by the Institute's Research and Training Center on Community Living. (Publication Date: January 01, 2004)

Staff: Claire Cunningham, Angela N Amado, Julie E Kramme, John G Smith

Service Use by and Needs of Adults with Functional Limitations or ID/DD in the NHIS-D: Difference by Age, Gender, and Disability (December 2003)

A brief summarizing findings from the National Health Interview Survey on Disability conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, National Center on Health Statistics in 1994 and 1995. It is an extension of the April 2001 MR/DD Data Brief on characteristics of and service use by persons with MR/DD living in their own homes or with family members. This brief re-examines employment services and status, personal supports used and needed, professional and mental health services, previous longterm care services, transportation services, preventative health care, and waiting for services. The new component in this brief is an examination of how service use and needs vary by age (for persons 18-35 years versus persons 36 years and older), gender, and disability group (persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities [ID/DD] versus persons with one or more substantial functional limitations who do not meet the criteria of having ID/DD). It uses a series of logistic regressions to examine how the services and support needs vary by age, gender, and disability group after controlling for overall health status, race, and economic status. (Publication Date: December 01, 2003)

Staff: Sheryl A Larson

Feature Issue on Violence Against Women with Developmental or Other Disabilities (Fall 2000)

A newsletter issue examining violence as it impacts women with developmental and other disabilities - what we know, what we don't know, and what needs to be done to prevent it and to help women recover from it. A major civil rights, quality of life, and health issue for women with developmental and other disabilities is the presence of violence in their lives. Women with disabilities experience the highest rate of personal violence - violence at the hands of spouses, partners, boyfriends, family members, caregivers, and strangers - of any group in our society today. Yet, they are often invisible in the crime statistics, frequently find community services such as domestic and sexual violence programs inadequately prepared to fully understand and meet their needs, face disability service systems that don't clearly see and effectively respond to the violence, and are all too commonly devalued and unsupported because of societal prejudice. This *Impact* offers strategies and ideas for bringing together disability service providers, sexual and domestic violence programs, law enforcement and the justice system, policymakers, researchers, and women with disabilities to address these issues, in the hope that this epidemic will soon end. (Publication Date: December 01, 2000)

Staff: Vicki D Gaylord