I don't understand this . . . but then again I am not a parent of a child who has been in an institution for years. But I have seen how individuals can thrive in community-based programs in New York State. Hope others will share their thoughts on this from either side.
RICHMOND, Va. -- A years-long plan that would shift Virginia's developmentally and intellectually disabled population from institutions to community settings is creating a furious reaction from some families who say the
agreement will threaten the safety of their profoundly disabled loved
Pushed by a federal-state consent decree and a four-year Justice
Department investigation of state training facilities for the disabled,
the proposal is awaiting final approval from a federal judge and would
set in motion one of the most profound shifts in decades of the state's
institutionalized, disabled population.