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  • A Brief History of Services for People With Developmental Disabilities in Colorado –
    And a Glimpse at the Future
  • Late 1800s – early 1900s
    The Birth of Institutions
    1883 - The Colorado Insane Asylum (later named Colorado State Hospital) admits its first patients
    1904-05 – Bills are introduced to appropriate money for an institution but fail
    1909 - Bill passed to open institution in Wheat Ridge
  • 1910s
    Legal Segregation
    1912 – Colorado State Home for Mental Deficiencies opened with 46 “inmates” in Wheat Ridge
    1912 – A law passed preventing marriage for “feebleminded” and allowed segregation in an institution for life, or at least until during reproductive ages
    1913 – Statement issued: “Owing to heredity of defectiveness, it is very important to permanently commit the feeble minded to institutions, preventing the increase in this class of person”
  • 1920s – 1930s
    Children Institutionalized
    1920 – Institution in Grand Junction opened
    1933 – Statement issued: “Mental Defective child does not have the same sense of morality or decency as a normal child and cannot be taught these”
    1935 – Statement issued: “Mentally Defective Children are a menace to society and normal people should be protected from them”
  • 1940s – 1950s
    Institutes Grow
    1940 – 700 people at Wheat Ridge and Grand Junction institutions
    1950 – Parents of children in institutions legally bound to pay $35 per month for care of child and to furnish clothing
    1956 – 1,112 people at Wheat Ridge and Grand Junction institutions
  • 1960s
    Things Start To Change
    1961 – Jefferson County opened its first public school class for children with developmental disabilities
    1965 – Grant to move 90 individuals with developmental disabilities into community of Ft. Logan, within three years all 90 were living successfully in the community
    BUT . . .
    1968 – Survey shows 74% of those living in Colorado institutions have no contact with anyone outside of the institution
  • 1970s
    Major Changes
    1973 – Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies
    1975 – Education for All Handicapped Children Act requires all public schools accepting federal funds to provide equal access to education for children with physical and developmental disabilities (revised and renamed as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1990)
  • 1980s – 1990s
    Major Changes Continue
    1981 – Ruling that children who were residents of Wheat Ridge institution had rights to free and appropriate education
    1990 – Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination based on disability
    De-institutionalization
  • 2000s
    Regression
    Dwindling resources
  • 2000s
    Regression
    Regulatory changes squeezing the
    life out of services
  • 2000s
    Regression
    Increasing demand
  • 2000s
    Traditional approaches to funding and providing services no longer work
  • So What Can We Do?
    • Use technology – more efficient, cost effective service delivery
    • Universal application – works in multiple environments/across disabilities
    • Greater opportunity to serve individuals with more severe disabilities
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    Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome, Boulder, CO
    Charles Family SmartHome, Longmont, CO
  • What Can A SmartHome Do?
    Enhance the quality of life of residents, including:
    • Developing personal skills
    • Enhancing communication
    • Regulating environmental
    conditions
  • What Can A SmartHome Do?
    Augment the effectiveness of caregivers, including:
    • Sensing, storing, and
    transmitting health
    information
    • Analyzing healthcare and
    health/safety trends
    • Detecting behavioral clues
    for changes in cognitiveor
    physical conditions
  • What Can A SmartHome Do?
    Provide cost and energy savings, including:
    • Managing staff time
    efficiently
    • Using alterative energy
    sources
    • Minimizing energy
    consumption
  • Technology Use at Imagine!
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