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The Disability Blanket

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This article is an insider's view about what happens to people when services and the professionals who work in them come to dominate people's lives. For example he writes, "..under the disability blanket everything you do must be part of a 'program' rather than just living your life." For Michael Kennedy, constantly being programmed takes away his human 'beingness'. Kennedy argues that this does not have to be the case. He says that people need to be allowed to take positive control of their own lives and that services should be there to support them to do this. Keyword: Self Determination

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Kennedy, Michael
Mental Retardation
Publication Date
1 February 1994
Person with disability
Self Determination
United States

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