A Place For Call Home : Intellectual Disabilities And Residential Services

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“A Place to Call Home: Intellectual Disabilities and Residential Services in Nova Scotia,” is an article written by Rachel Barken (PH.D Candidate) from the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. This article is about how Nova Scotia still continues to institutionalize people with intellectual disabilities when other provinces across Canada are working on deinstitutionalizing. Provinces in Canada are moving towards the approach of community living based group homes for people with intellectual disabilities. Barken (2013) based this article on participant observation, document analysis, and qualitative research. She discovered that implicated community members which include policy makers, residential service providers and workers, and advocates have conflicting beliefs about institutionalized and community living based group homes that could be slowing the process down of still have institutions in Nova Scotia. (Barken, 2013) Barken mentions that according to the 2008 Report of Residential Services, over seven hundred Nova Scotians with disabilities are segregated in institutional settings. Institutions that house people with a combination of physical and intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses are referred to as Adult Residential Centres (ARCs) or Regional Rehabilitation Centres (RRCs). (Barken, 2013) Barker cites from the DCS written in 2008 that there are seven institutions or ARCs and RRCs part of a continuum of residential services in Nova Scotia.
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