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Special homes offer mentally
disabled alternative lifestyles

In many ways, Rick is like other 26
year olds. He's a Tiger fan and plans to
see them play this season. He likes to
take his girlfriend to the movies and
went to see Arthur twice. He enjoys
visiting friends and going to parties,
and loves Twinkies.
By the time most people reach 26
these activities are a part of daily life,
but for Rick (not his real name), they',
are fairly new experiences and ones
that would have been impossible a few
years ago.
RICK IS A cerebral palsy
quadriplegic. Brain damage at birth
(cerebral palsy) resulted in almost
complete paralysis of his arms and legs
(quadriplegic), total loss of speech, and
very limited use of other motor
abilities. In addition, he has asthma
and needs specialized attention.
Because of the constant care Rick
requires, he has spent most of his life in
an institution. About a year and a half
ago Rick moved into a community
home with five other mentally disabled
The home is one of 15 located in
Wayne, Washington, and Livingston
counties- and established by Michigan
Human Services Inc. (MHS). The
agency provides homes with
specialized treatment for the develop-
mentally disabled (mentally retarded
or handicapped), mentally ill adults, as
well as abused, neglected, and
delinquent male adolescents. The
agency also has a foster care program
which places teenage mothers 'and
pregnant teenagers in foster homes.
allocations from the Michigan Depar-
tment of Mental Health, the Social
Security Administration and the Depar-
tment of Social Services. It is a private,
non-profit organization and also
receives contributions from private in-
dividuals to help finance the
organization's activities.
Less than 10 years ago it would not
have been possible for Rick and others
like him to live outside of institutions,
said James Minder, the founder and
executive director of MHS.
In February of 1976, Michigan
Human Services Inc. opened the first
facility in the state for severely and pr-

ofoundly retarded children. "These are
the kids whose IQs are so low that
they're not even measured," Minder
THE HOME (Quincy House) opened
in Detroit with 12 boys after three years
of "battling, cajoling, and fighting with
the state to get it," said Minder. "The
Department of Mental Health said
Quincy would never work. They said
these children couldn't learn living
skills and would need constant care, but
they were wrong. We've found these
kids have much more potential than
anyone ever thought possible," he said.
Minder explained that the children
could not talk and were extremely
destructive when they first moved into
the home. "It took about seven months
to work out the destructive behavior

is very important. It's hard to give
quality care when you are responsible
for 20 people," said Alton.
She explained that many in-
stitutionalized patients exhibit self-
stimulating behavior. "They constantly
rock or flick their fingers," Alton said.
"Doctors say it occurs because they
don't receive enough outside
stimulation. All of our clients (in the in-
stitution) eventually stopped the
behavior once they lied in the com-
munity homes for a while."
also have many more opportunities to
be involved in community activities,
take care of their own personal needs,
socialize, and live close to their
families. Alton said this tends to raise
their self-esteem and they live lives of

'They said these children couldn't learn living
skills and would need constant care, but they were
-James Minder,
Founder of Michigan Human Services

freedom is severely limited in in-
Except for the ramp leading to the
front door, Rick's house looks very
much like the other homes in his rural
Ann Arbor neighborhood. It is a fairly
new, one level, ranch style home. The
yard is well maintained and very neat.
The inside of the home, however, is
quite unique. At first glance it looks like
any other family home, nicely
decorated and furnished. The barrier
free modifications are hardly
THE HALLWAY IS large enough for
two wheelchairs to pass through, the
sinks are indented so that a wheelchair
can fit under them, and the shower has
a ramp built right into the floor. The
cupboards and counters are lowred
slightly and the door-handles and
faucets are designed so they can be
pushed with an arm and don't require a
and grip.
Jennie Neddleman, administrative
assistant to Minder, explained that the
house had to meet these specifications
in order to be licensed by the Depar-
tment of Public Health.
This home, and the others leased by
MHS, must also meet many other
stringent rules. Any part of the house
that may be a fire hazard, such as the
furnace, must be encased in material
that takes one hour to burn through, in
order to get the residents out in time.
The staff must also take the residents
through periodic fire drills.
ALL OF THE grocery lists, menus,
and receipts must be kept on record for
30 days. "Surveyors come through
periodically and make sure we are
spending the money properly," said
Alton. The food must also be labeled
and dated and thrown out if not eaten in
a specified amount of time. "We run
these houses much more carefully and
efficiently than a regular family
would," Alton said.
The staff at MHS must also meet the
special needs of the individual residen-
ts. This includes special diets for people
with dietary problems, routine medical
needs, and counseling. For instance,
Rick needs special treatment for his
asthma and a medical technician
comes to the house to administer it.
See MENTALLY, Page 11
Qi-' 0

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Israelis set to leave Sinai
JERUSALEM- The threat of a last-minute breakdown in the Israeli with-
drawal from Sinai appeared to wane yesterday amid hectic U.S.-Israeli-
Egyptian diplomatic contacts.
Israel has complained of treaty violations by Egyptian forces in western
Sinai, which Israel handed back two years ago and which is governed by a
limited forces agreement.
Deputy Secretary of State Walter Stoessel met for a second time in two
days with Prime Minister Menachem Begin and said he had "a sense of con-
fidence that existing problems can be resolved satisfactorily."
Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Butros Ghali handed Begin
a two-page letter from President Hosni Mubarak apparently aimed at easing
Israeli fears of a drastic change in Egyptian policy following Israel's Sinai
evacuation April 25.
Falklands settlement proposed
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina- ABC News reported Friday that Argentina
has given U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig a proposal to gain
sovereignty over the Falkland Islands in exchange for a withdrawal of all
Argentine troops on the Falklands within 15 days if the British move their
Navy away from the Islands.
Haig is in Argentina to negotiate a settlement to the Falkland Islands
territorial dispute with Argentine President Gen. Leopoldo Galtieri.
The proposal calls for Argentine administration of the Falklands and half
Argentine representation on all executive and legislative committees ABC
said. The U.S. would guarantee that the agreement is carried out.
Rightist cheered in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador- Right-wing supporters cheered Roberto
d'Aubuisson as he took his turn among 60 newly elected deputies picking up
credentials yesterday for the Constituent Assembly that is to pave the way to
representative government.
Rightists leaped to their feet as d'Aubuisson strode to the stage of the
National Legislative Chamber, where the Central Elections Council handed
out credentials to winners of the March 28 election.
The general elections, observed by delegates from many countries, were -
conducted as part of an effort to end the 2-year-old guerrilla war between lef- A
tists and the U.S.-backed civilian-military junta.
Transit strike cripples Boston
BOSTON- A wildcat strike by transit workers paralyzed Boston's rush-
hour traffic yesterday and stranded 300,000 commuters who take public .
buses, subways and trolleys to work.
A judge issued a back-to-work order, but the walkout continued and of- ,-
ficials threatened to fire anyone who failed to return to work.
The 3,200 members of the Boston Carmen's Union have been working
without a contract for 16 months, but their walkout was touched off by
animosity over one long-sensitive issue-part-time workers.
Commuters made do by driving, walking, bicycling or even roller-skating
in the mild spring weather.
James O'Leary, general manager of transit system, said he would seek
fines against the union of $1 million a day, and warned that workers who stay
out risked suspension or dismissal.
Carlos murder suspect in France:',
BEIRUT, Lebanon- Assassins carrying-pistols and flowers killed a
French Embassy official and his pregnant wife in an assassination that may
have been the work of the international terrorist "Carlos," French officials
said yesterday.
Police said the bodies of Guy Cavallot, 28, and his 25-year-old wife K
Caroline, seven months pregnant, were found in their apartment Thursday a
night by friends arriving for dinner.
It was the latest in a series of terrorist attacks against diplomatic person-*
nel in Beirut, but French Embassy officials said the slaying might be related,
to another affair involving Ilyich Ramirez Sanchez, the notorious terrorist!
better known as "Carlos."
In a letter to the French Embassy in the Netherlands March 1, "Carlos"
threatened reprisals against French officials unless three terrorists were
released by April 1.

and start working on living skills,
things like walking, talking, eating, or
tying a shoe," he said.
Now, all of the children can talk, they
attend special classes in public school,
compete in the Special Olympics, and
enjoy recreational activities. "You can
take those kids anywhere now," said
Minder. "They are very well behaved
and we take them bowling or to the zoo
and have no problems." -
MINDER AND HIS wife, Susan
Davis, who both received their Masters
Degree in Social Work at the Univer-
sity, established MHS as an alternative
to institutions. Minder said that the
homes provide better care and are
cheaper than institutions. "In our Men-
tal Health Division the case ratio is at
least two to six," said Minder.
Dianne Alton, Deputy Director of
Menstal Health Services said that the
case ratio in an institution she once
worked in was one to 20. "The case ratio

much better quality.
The disabled are capable of much
more than most people would think,
Alton said. Although Rick cannot
speak, he can read and uses a language
board tocommunicate with other
people. His wheelchair affords him -a
great deal of mobility and enables him
to travel to Tiger Stadium and the
While his medical needs were met in
the institution, Rick said he enjoys
living in the home much more because
his psychological and emotional needs
are fulfilled. He and his girlfriend are
able to go on dates and interact in more
social settings. His girlfriend, whom he
met at Hillcrest Regional Hospital, now
lives in one of MHS's other homes.
heterosexual relationships in in-
stitutions," said Alton. "But in the
homes this is something we can ad-
dress. These people are adults and their



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The event, called Spring Carnival,
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and popcorn, while students milled
around in the warm weather, watching.
the activities at each booth.
ORGANIZERS of the Spring Carnival
said the event was a success despite the
drenching bursts of rain and said they
hope they can make the carnival an an-
nual festival.
"It makes the students more aware of
what's going on (on campus)," said
Claudia Horigan, a frpshwoman who at-
tended the carnival. "There's a lot of
organizations that students have never
even heard of, and this carnival gives
the students a chance to know about
THE CARNIVAL ran throughout the
afternoon and although some
organizations fled the Diag during the
first downpour at about 2 p.m., many
groups stayed for the two remaining
hours of the carnival.
More than 70 groups turned out for
the event, ranging from musical groups
to the College Democrats to a Hare
Krishna group.
In a story in yesterday's Daily
("Should athletics share its wealth?"),
former Michigan Student Assembly
President Jon Feiger was reported as
saying that a 50-cent tax on athletic
tickets would generate about $4.5
million. Feiger actually estimated the
revenue from the tax would be about
In another story yesterday
("Minorities Protest 'U' Conditions"),
Michael Sudarkasa is incorrectly iden-
tified as the president of the Black
Student Union. Sudarkasa is actually a
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