Community For Adults With Special Needs Ignites Debate
A retirement-style community just for individuals with developmental disabilities is moving forward, even as some remain concerned that the idea is nothing more than a fancy institution.
Organizers of the 32-acre community that’s in the works in Jacksonville, Fla. say it will include a variety of housing options for adults with disabilities — everything from apartments to houses and group homes — designed to meet individual need.
With access to public transportation and recreational activities nearby, those leading the effort from The Arc of Jacksonville say the planned community will give individuals with disabilities the best of both worlds — a highly supportive home and community integration. They also plan to include amenities on the property that are open to the public so that the environment is welcoming to others in the area.
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Some families are championing the plan, saying that they like the idea of their adult children living side by side with others who also have disabilities in a supportive community where they are likely to interact with neighbors.
But others are worried that the planned community approach is nothing more than a glorified institution, since it segregates rather than includes individuals with disabilities in the regular community, reports The Florida Times-Union. To read more click here.