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Citizen Advocacy for the Handicapped, Impaired and Disadvantaged: An Overview

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Wolf Wolfensberger is Director of the Training Institute for Human Service Planning, Leadership and Change Agentry at Syracuse University. He is world's foremost developer of Social Role Valorisation and is the founder of citizen advocacy. He describes the generally accepted parenting role which exercises both 'emotional' and 'instrumental' functions. He then discusses this in relation to both children and adults who have a disability, which leads into descriptive critiques of 'protective services' (guardianship, adoption etc.). Wolfensberger then presents a comprehensive explanation of citizen advocacy for children, youths and adults and which may be short term or long term. His schema builds on the strengths of services and action groups and minimises their weaknesses. He closes with 'words of warning', describing difficulties which face citizen advocacy. Keyword: Advocacy

Author
Wolfensberger, Wolf
Source
President's Committee on Mental Retardation
Publisher
DHEW Publication Number (OS) 72-42
Publication Date
1 January 1970
Category
Professionals
Keywords
Advocacy
Origin
United States

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