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Jack Levinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650811

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650811.001.0001

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Governing Disability in the Community

Governing Disability in the Community

(p.37) 2 Governing Disability in the Community
Making Life Work

Jack Levinson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the actual task of providing services in the community, supervising individuals who are free but considered incapable of living independently. Group homes aim to mobilize individuals to act freely for themselves in specific ways. The aim of governing is not to attain total regulation but to structure the possibilities for action; to create conditions in which individuals may conduct themselves freely in particular ways. Governing involves the effort to develop the capacities of individuals to act freely for their own benefit in ways that are also of benefit to all. Institution’s nature and role of services for individuals with intellectual disability have changed. The assessment of an individual’s specific need, in principle, determines where he or she is placed along the continuum of services.

Keywords:   community services, group homes, governing, regulation, structure, institution

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