Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Proposed Community Stirs Debate in Florida

A debate is brewing in Florida between families who want to establish retirement-style communities for adults with developmental disabilities and those who believe that inclusive, community living is more appropriate.
Groups across the state want to develop new neighborhoods specifically for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Much like the retirement communities that dot the sunshine state’s landscape, the proposed developments would offer a mix of apartments, single-family homes and group homes in addition to amenities like community dining rooms.Trouble is that a Florida law bars group homes from being within 1,000 feet of each other, largely preventing the retirement-style communities from moving forward. Now, a bill under consideration in the state legislature would allow local governments to make exceptions to the rule.

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