INDEPENDENT CHOICES: A National Symposium on Consumer-Direction and Self-Determination for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities. Why There's Really No Place Like Home: New Ways of Caring for the Severely Disabled

Joseph P. Shapiro
Reprinted from U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, April 23, 2001, Pages 26-27


It felt "almost like somebody died." Carleen Ashley remembers the day her twin sister, Cathy, was sent to live far away. Shortly after the twins' seventh birthday, on a sunny spring day in 1965, Cathy's mother carried the severely disabled girl, in a red-and-white party dress, to the family station wagon. Their mom cradled Cathy in her lap while their dad drove, in near silence, more than 100 miles to a New Hampshire hospital for children with mental retardation.

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