The real conversation is now starting regarding the reintegration of high profile offenders with a disability in communities. It is productive and a chance for people to engage in a way in which…Continue
Delta, British Columbia is a rural area outside of Vancouver BC. This is what was thought to be home to two young adults who are in conflict with the law and have a disability. One was brought home…Continue
Please share something about yourself, your work, and what draws you to the Inclusion Network online community.
I have had the honour of working within communities for over thirty years. There have been many moments in my work that I have been touched by so many others and have been privileged to be a part of their life. The Inclusion Network offers a world of communication and capacity building to share what we all do best in community.
What part of the world do you live in? Would you share a bit about your neighbourhood?
I am fortunate to live in a rural area outside of Vancouver British Columbia. This area has an abundance of natural settings to enjoy life - lakes, rivers, mountains, hiking trails and camping. My immediate neighbourhood is home to children and families who take time to say greet each other and to collaborate when something our of ordinary comes to us in the day.
What would you like to contribute to this community? What would you like to receive?
I would contribute stories I hear of, stories I am a psrt of and stories that communities forge together. I am always interested in the views, comments and knowledge that others have to share.
How did you hear about this community?
Looking for something about community development on the web.
What are some of the questions you'd like to explore, or conversations you'd like to have with others in this community?
The first project I am hoping to start a discussion on in this and other communities is about the solutions to issues faced by high profile offenders who have a disability, are on conditional release and are attempting to reintegrate into community.
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Just came on the Inclusion site today (Yes 1980s inclusion!) after leaving a message in Western Michigan University Finance and Budget about the "behavioral and criminal justice groups" involved with the demise of civil service and labor in the US. I attended ASPA in Washington, DC in March 2019 as a Member of Science and Technology in Government and Health and Human Services Administration.
In the US, the newest submission yesterday to Public Management and Social Policy diverted me back to community integration (See, wikipedia) in the US and Great Britain. In addition, in the article, for context, I needed to "add in" the rise of medical psychiatry in the 21st Century involved with increases in restraints (See, International TASH), involuntary care, prison populations, and "adverse practices at mitigation".
At ASPA (American Society for Public Administration) in Atlanta, Georgia, theories of community integration (See, PA and Disability at http://www.crcpress.com/authors) were broadened to include the growth in subversion and punishment, and "affinity to social justice". The paper (Racino, Rolandi, Huston & Bergman, 2017) also "sued the government for the prison conditions related to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities".
We appreciate John O'Brien and David Towell's contributions which are reflected in the new book (Public Administration and Disability: Community Services Administration in the US, Racino, 2014), and look forward to your work with HHSA in the US and our growing NGO sectors (disability, ethnicity and gender, inclusive of LGBTQ).