Monday, August 4, 2014

In NJ, Some Still Struggle to Adjust to Deinstitutionalization

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. — Wendy English’s cerebral palsy makes it difficult for her to speak, but she seldom has trouble making herself understood.
When language fails her, the wide-eyed, freckled 51-year-old woman flips on an audio device, points to pictures and phrases in a laminated book, or relies on the staff at the Woodbridge Developmental Center who know how to interpret her.
The state plans to shutter Woodbridge, her home for 18 years, to free up money to move people with disabilities into smaller community housing — a move praised by many disability advocates,

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