New Life in the Neighborhood: How Persons with Retardation Or Other Disabilities Can Help Make a Good Community Better

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Abingdon, 1980 - Medical - 77 pages
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Robert Perske convincingly demonstrates that persons with retardation or other disabilities are capable of functioning in the mainstream of community life. He specifically approaches the issue of those persons moving into otherwise 'average' neighborhoods. With insight and compassion, he shows how their presence in these neighborhoods can be a uniquely positive experience. Martha Perske's sensitive drawings add to this timely book's warm and human appeal.

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They Are People First
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About the author (1980)

Robert is widely known for his work on behalf of people with disabilities. In 1968 he received a Rosemary Dybwad International Award, enabling him to travel and study attitudes toward people with disabilities throughout Sweden and Denmakr. In 1987 he and Martha Perske shared the Healing Community Arts & Letters Award at the United Nations in New York. The Perskes have collaborated on two major reports to U.S. presidents: Mental Retardation: The Leading Edge, for President Carter; and, in cooperation with others, Mental Retardation: Century of Decision, for President Nixon.

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