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Many written text, books and manuals have shaped the history of human services. The development of the new way of thinking from system-centered toward person-centered principles has evolved through many thinkers and contributors. Both the written word and visual images have come to alter how people think about people with disabilities and their place in society. This department contains many of these landmark and classic works which are seminal in the development of
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Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online) (27 Products)
Electronic Media (3 Products)

Books, Publications & Reports (printed and/or online)
A brief introduction to social role valorization: A high order concept for addressing the plight of societally devalued people, and for structuring human services
This book is an updated version of the classic description of "social role valorization" -- the role of people with disabilities in the larger society.
Aging and Developmental Disabilities: Demographic and Policy Issues Affecting American Families
This is a text of testimony by David Braddock of the Institute on Disability and Human Development, Clearinghouse on Aging and Developmental Disabilities. It was given to the Special Committee on Aging on September 18, 1998.
Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets
This guide summarizes lessons learned in successful community-building initiatives across the United States.
Christmas in Purgatory: A Photographic Essay on Mental Retardation
This book is a classic photo essay of living conditions in institutions. It was first published in 1964 and was a foundational work in reform efforts.
Crossing the River: Creating a conceptual revolution in community & disability
This classic book discusses real community integration and belonging for individuals with disabilities.
Deinsitutionalization of Persons with Developmental Disabilities: A Technical Assistance Report for Legislators
This report gave advice to the states on reducing the use of large facilities to serve people with developmental disabilities.
False Confessions from 53 Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: The List Keeps Growing
This research article looks at the problem of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities confessing to serious felonies that they did not commit. There is also a follow-up piece written in 2011.
Housing Support and Community: Choices and Strategies for Adults with Disabilities
Published in 1993, this book presented ways to support people to live in their own homes and participate in community life.
Intellectual Disability: Ethics, Dehumanization and a New Moral Community
This book traces the roots of society's disrespect for people with disabilities.
Life in the Community: Case Studies of Organizations Supporting People with Disabilities
This book presents case studies about how organizations around the United States have helped people with disabilities be included in their communities.
Members of Each Other: Building Community in Company with People with Developmental Disabilities
In 1996, this book set a strong values-based foundation for providing supports for individuals with disabilities. It is still a strong resource about person-centered planning and self-directed supports.
Mouth: Voice of the Disability Nation
This magazine featured many articles by people who had disabilities and provided radical commentary on disability services. It stopped publishing in 2004, but there are still some articles available online.
Multiculturalism and Disability: A Collection of Resources and Issues
This scholarly paper discusses disability through a cultural lens.You can read it online.
New Voices: Self-Advocacy by People with Disabilities
This seminal book explains how the self-advocacy movement was started by persons with developmental disabilities.
Staff recruitment and retention: Study results and intervention strategies
This classic book described research findings and intervention strategies to address recruitment and retention challenges.
Stigma: Notes on the management of spoiled identity
This book is a classic text on the stigma associated with disability and how stigmatized individuals are treated in society.
The Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits
A book about full community inclusion, and the strength of communities to solve problems and help people.
The Child Who Never Grew
The true story of Pearl Buck's daughter who was born with intellectual disabilities in the 1920's.
The Community Imperative
This is a classic document that says all people have the right to live in the community. It was written in response to those who opposed the de-institutionalization of people with disabilities.
The Normalization Principle (from Changing Patterns in Residential Services for the Mentally Retarded)
This is the seminal description of the "principle of normalization" for persons with intellectual disabilities.
The Origin and Nature of Our Institutional Models
Book exploring how institutions have traditionally treated persons with intellectual disabilities.
The Principle of Normalization in Human Services
This book is the seminal work on the principle of normalization, which has shaped the development of human services in the last few decades.
The Social Meaning of Mental Retardation: Two Life Stories
This book explores what it means to have the label "mental retardation". It is based on the life stories of two self-advocates.
The Willowbrook Wars: A decade of struggle for social justice
This book traces the history of reforms and litigation at the infamous Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York from 1972 to 1983.
Toward Independence
This report to the US Congress became the foundation for the Americans with Disabilities Act. It came from the National Council on Disability.
Understanding & Expressing Sexuality: Responsible Choices for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Published in 1992 and no longer in print, this is nevertheless one of the authoritative works on sexuality and people with developmental disabilities.
Walking Isnít Everything
This book was written by a woman who contracted polio in the early 1950s. It describes polio treatment and what it was like to be a woman with a disability in that era.
Electronic Media (Videos, CDs, T.V., Radio, Websites, etc.)
A History of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act
This web page explains the history of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act). It shows the records of many important meetings and hearings, and the manuals, reports and reviews from different times in history.
National Archives' Americans with Disabilities Records
This webpage has U.S. historical documents dating back to the 1920's.
Recruitment Issues for Minnesota Agencies Serving People with Developmental Disabilities or Severe and Persistent Mental Illness: Final Report Executive Summary
This seminal study described recruitment challenges faced by 144 randomly selected agencies in Minnesota. It included residential, vocational, in-home support, and mental health agencies.

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