Disability Debrief: Escaping institutions, and their shadows
Milan Šverepa of Inclusion Europe told me that it’s “ironic” that “one size fits all has become the prevalent approach” in approaching deinstitutionalisation. He is concerned that the move out of institutions is leaving people with intellectual disabilities behind, especially those with complex support needs:
“The main goals and key principles are indeed shared across multiple constituencies. But different people will need different types of support and approaches in how deinstitutionalisation is being done in practice.”
Milan focusses on practical steps: develop social relationships; use housing and work as bases to integrate into the community; and ensure that people with disabilities not in institutions get the support they need.