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The gift of hospitality: Opening the doors of community life to people with disabilities

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This comprehensive paper describes people's fight to be part of their communities. The author believes that while "the iron fences of the institution may be coming down, the walls of the service world are still firmly in place". It examines what it is about social service systems that produces isolation and what happens when the community cuts itself off from people who are disabled. Stories are told of people's experiences, of families and friends who provide support circles, and the article discusses what 'community' really means and ways of working towards a whole community. Keywords: Community Development, Social Activities

Author
O'Connell, Mary
Source
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Publisher
Centre for Urban Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern University, Illinois
Publication Date
1 February 1988
Category
Professionals
Keywords
Social Activities, Community Development
Origin
United States

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