ICF Advocates for Choice
Choice without Boundaries
“Today, media exposés of abuses in community settings rival those of psychiatric hospitals a generation before.” Recent investigations of group homes in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia found rampant abuse and neglect in small, dispersed settings that, as Mandell reports, “often are not up for the task of caring for individuals with more profound impairments.”
Dr. David Mandell ScD., Director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania
... large institutions are, in most instances, less expensive than community residences for these challenging populations.
- Schalock and Fredericks
The idea that one residential model is appropriate for the entire spectrum of intellectual and developmental disability — from college-educated self-advocates to profoundly impaired individuals at risk of detaching their own retinas or bolting into traffic — is patently absurd.
-Amy Lutz, NCSA & EASI
People really do deserve the best care that suits them. I don't see how that's even debatable.
-University of Pennsylvania Ethics Professor Dominic Sisti
PUT MOST SIMPLY, YOU DON'T ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL, EXPANDING CHOICE FOR SOME SHOULD NOT COME AT THE EXPENSE OF ELIMINATING CHOICE FOR OTHERS . . .
-Attorney William Choslovsky