You might agree with me, or you might disagree with me.
BUT, you must consider the truth of the living environment and experience of the person when we group people with disabilities and force them to live together.
It’s also helpful to hear straight from someone with lived experience, so here’s what a person shared with me about their experience living in a group home:
“I have a developmental disability and have lived in an extremely toxic group home. People who are placed in group homes don’t have the right to pick and choose whom they get to live with, which can create hostility.
I have been yelled at by both staff and roommates, as well as assaulted by roommates. After leaving that group home, I chose to find my place to live with minimal support.
To this day, I have never looked back. I have the freedom to do what I want and eat what and when I want, and if I ever decide I want a roommate I will have the freedom to choose whom I want to live with me.”
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Podcast #045: Uncovering the Truth: We are Oppressing People with Disabilities, With Lynne Seagle
You’re meant to be your freest when at home, but group homes tend to have kilotons of rules. Residents in most group homes are treated like minors! Like minors, they’re told when to go to bed, when to get up, when and what they can and can’t eat, whether they can wear certain accessories (like hats or jewelry) in the house or not, what place of worship they go to if any, their speech is often heavily restricted (as in ”no cussing”, ”no talking at the table”, etc), residents are typically not allowed outside unsupervised (not even to the home’s backyard), they tend to be forced into day programs and or fast foodretail type jobs (apparently according to group home care providers, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities shouldn’t be allowed to have nice careers or follow their dreams), etc. All this sounds institutional to me!
I understand there’s a few people whose IDDD make it too dangerous to let them make their own decisions, but most adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities should have as much freedom as the average ”neurotypical” adult, NOT treated like minors! Unless they present a clear danger to themselves andor others, people with developmental and intellectual disabilities should be afforded the same civil liberties as neurotypical people!
Don’t care for group homes. We are checking into possible Host Home. At least for 1 child 2nd child a friend.