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People with Developmental Disabilities & Their Allies Building Communities That Work Better for Everybody

John O’Brien and Beth Mount

About this Book

For a generation John O’Brien & Beth Mount have accompanied people with developmental disabilities, their families and the partners who support them as they find diverse paths to social inclusion and self direction. These pathfinders’ journeys change organizations and build communities that work better for everyone.

This book reflects what John and Beth have learned about assisting people and their families to make real progress toward living the promise of The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. With stories, critical reflections, frameworks to guide change, and lessons from implementing person-centered planning and self-direction they explore these ideas:

Our common purpose as citizens is to contribute, each in our own way, to building communities that work better for everybody.

A community that works better for everybody is a place where citizens offer one another opportunities to create real wealth: positive relationships, diverse networks, useful assets, capacities for contribution and resourcefulness. Prejudice and discrimination put people with developmental disabilities at risk of exclusion from these opportunities. (…)


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