Thursday, April 9, 2009

A Place to Call Home

The U.S. Supreme Court decided earlier this week that it would not hear an appeal about plans to close the Fernald Developmental Center in Massachusetts. Families and advocacy groups are sharply divided over plans to close the Waltham center and three others for people with developmental disabilities, some of whom have lived in the institutions for decades.

Isn't this long overdue? Fortunately for people with developmental disabilities and their families in New York State, the transition from large institutions to community-based living began in the mid-1970s.

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