1984 – Ordinary patterns of life for residents

The concept of normalisation, which contributed to the move of people with learning disabilities from large isolated residential establishments into smaller provisions, was undoubtedly the strongest external influence for MacIntyre during the early eighties. The Annual Review 1984 stated that a person with a learning disability ‘has a right to access to normal patterns of life within society’, and adds that MacIntyre had placed an increased emphasis on encouraging residents through a personalised programme aimed at preparing them for greater independence.


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