Developmental Disabilities and Intentional Communities: Creating Liveswith MeaningBruce McCreary*
Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Queen's University, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Bruce McCreary
Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine
Queen's University, Canada
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Received Date: November 23, 2016; Accepted Date: November 25, 2016; Published Date: December 01, 2016
Citation: McCreary B (2016) Developmental Disabilities and Intentional Communities: Creating Lives with Meaning. J Ment Disord Treat 2:131. doi:10.4172/2471-271X.1000131
Copyright: © 2016 McCreary B. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: Contemporary social policy fosters social inclusion of persons with developmental disabilities. Methods: This paper advocates for the “intentional community” approach based on an evaluation of Botton Village, a UK intentional community, in addressing challenges being encountered in Ontario in implementing social inclusion. Results: Challenges such as long wait lists, lack of meaningful engagement and access to adult services and unmet health care needs continue to persist in current integrated communities. Conclusions: This paper suggests intentional communities have the potential for creation of lives with meaning for adult individuals with developmental disabilities and for their caregivers.