This highly readable book provides a balanced and thoughtful analysis of the complex dynamics involved in providing homes for people with intellectual disabilities.
Clements and Bigby have written a well organised and highly readable book that draws together pertinent literature and their own considerable insight and research. In focusing attention on the heterogeneity of disability, they question generic disability policy rhetoric and confront the reader with the barriers and challenges inherent in policy implementation for people who have severe and profound intellectual disabilities living in group homes.
I will say no more other than please read this excellent book.
This book needs to be read by everyone interested in improving services for people with learning disabilities so that the great ideals of Valuing People and Valuing People Now can be realised. It takes seriously the very real challenges of making community presence and participation meaningful for people with higher support needs and seeks to translate high-flown rhetoric into practical advice for service-providing organizations, group home managers and workers in residential services.
The book is easy to read, well-structured and provides a clear and sometimes saddening insight into the lives of people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities. However the overall message is one of hope and suggests realistic and achievable changes that can be made at all levels of service provision.
This book can appeal to a wide range of readers... Throughout the book they use a wealth of field notes and excerpts from interviews with staff that help to illustrate their arguments and will resonate with the reader's own experiences in services. In addition, at the end of each chapter there is a list of important topics and questions for further consideration. The book is also an excellent source of information for students and researchers of learning disability services, because each chapter provides a review of the literature and research relevant to the topic.