|Re: Cohousing and Individuals With "Disabilities"||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Michael John Omogrosso (omodarkwing.uoregon.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 10:20:11 -0600|
Bob: PC should be termed "personally centric." My point is not to say you wer not PC for you did brave to ask the question of accomodation, but to sayif you wish to know how to accomodate other-abled folks physically or socially, ask specific persons or groups: it varies in every case. I used the term alterabled in cconversation with a work-injured amputee and she offendedly said, "I am handicapped." It is a sticky wicket any way it is viewed. Again. that yopu are seeking to be inclusive is glorious!! TO YOUR ORIGINAL REQUEST... East Blair Housing Coop has a poor track record of addressing the issues and actively seeking other-abled members. Looking to our own history my shed some light on problems and potentail answers for the future. One tenant was memory deficit. I'm not recalling the medical reason, but the drugs prescribed for the condition created the memory problem. As it turned out, though the tenant was open about the problem, after several months of meetings consistenly being missed, the tenant began to fall out of favor. NO ONE wanted to take on the responsibility of physicll reminding this well meaning and quite politically active soul (this person left the coop under peer pressure which caused a division in the ranks) Several years later another tenant with an ailment which sapped energy, leving them prone to illness, joined EBHC. We must have learned something, for arrangements for missed meetings due to medical reasons now exist. There must be a commitment from the community to provide added energy if the intent of the community is to provide support for other-abled neighbors--particularly if the condition is advanced or severe. THe level of support must be clearly understood by all members, otherwise discontent will rot a splended idea and one that suits the mission of coops and coho alike. Peace, Bob. Come and visit at the Oregon Country Fair this summer(Community Village, Spirit Booth, Om Circle--just ask for OM).
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