|Thesis input request - Disabled in Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 07:22:01 -0600 (MDT)|
Kristin Becker <kbecker [at] posterfrost.com> is the author of the message below. It was posted by Fred the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org> Note: Kristin is not subscribed to cohousing-L; send her a copy of replies. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- Hello all, I am a student at the University of Arizona in Tucson and am doing my thesis next year on designing a cohousing community for people with developmental disabilities to live with abled people in a same environment. For people with disabilities, it would provide a social structure for them to live within as well as a safe place where people know their names and somewhat watch out for them. Unfortunately, in today's society, most people with disabilities have one of three options. First is live "at home" with their guardian which doesn't provide much independence, two, live in a group home where you tend to be isolated from the abled world and often learn to depend more on the caretaker than needed and thereby also losing independence. The final option is to find VERY cheap rent somewhere if able to take care of oneself, but this usually ends up being in poor and unsafe neighborhoods where vulnerable people such as those with disabilities could be easily taken advantage of or at the very least ignored and probably made fun of. For those without disabilities living in a community such as this would provide all the typical advantages cohousing brings with the added bonus of knowing some very wonderful and caring people who are so trusting of others they may otherwise put themselv es in danger. In addition, it provides a place for abled people, particularly children to learn to be open minded and not "scared off" by people that may look or talk differently or are simply slower due to a lower IQ than most. In short, I am looking for research on any communities that may exist, here in the United States or elsewhere that may be either already developed with this idea or even any that currently house people with developmental disabilities - be it children or adults. If you want more information on this or if you know of any of these communities, your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your time, thoughts, and consideration! Kristin Becker _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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