In a recent perspective in Mental Retardation, Ashbaugh (2002) cast a critical eye in the direction of self-determination efforts to redirect control over the funding of services and supports into the hands of consumers, families, and their chosen allies. Critical though that glance may be, this attention should be welcome in that it makes visible two long ignored elephants in our collective human service room: the “commodification” of people with disabilities and the roles we, both as citizens as well as professionals, play in their perennial segregation. However, Ashbaugh's commentary and conclusions do not engage us in moving forward any type of dialogue that may serve to help us get these and other elephants out of our collective living room. Rather, the drum beaten here seems to resonate more with old arguments that justify continued segregation based on the lack of our collective will...
Research Article| February 01 2004
Will the Real Elephant Please Stand Up?
Ment Retard (2004) 42 (1): 67–69.
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Ruthie Marie Beckwith; Will the Real Elephant Please Stand Up?. Ment Retard 1 February 2004; 42 (1): 67–69. doi: https://doi.org/10.1352/0047-6765(2004)42<67:WTREPS>2.0.CO;2
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