Fourteen years ago a proposal to put a group home for seven adults with mental retardation in a suburban New York neighborhood met opposition. Today the same neighborhood is brewing a repeat.

When the group home was originally created, neighbors worried about its impact and the safety of individuals with disabilities wandering in their midst. But overtime area residents became accustomed to the elderly residents of the group home.

Today, however, the home no longer suits its aging residents and the agency which runs it wants to bring in a group of men in their 20’s and 30’s who have developmental disabilities to replace the older residents who will move to a different facility. The neighbors, however, are none too happy. They are raising concerns about the safety of neighborhood children in the presence of these younger adults, reports The New York Times. To read more click here.

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As the number of group homes and community living situations continue to increase across the country, so too do the number of angry neighbors. Disability Scoop wants to know, what can be done to educate the public and ensure that further inclusion is possible?