Wizansky Distills Experience with Adults with Developmental Disabilties

By Harry S. Margolis

In a short and fascinating booklet David Wizansky, co-founder of Specialized Housing (with his wife, Margot Wizansky) distills the lessons he has learned from working with adults with developmental disabilites. Identity, Self, and the World: Learning from Adults with Developmental Disabilities ranges over many topics from the discomfort aides and teachers feel around the sexuality of adults with developmental disabilties to questioning the trend of “mainstreaming” students with learning challenges given their different needs. Wizansky describes their different learning styles and how the inability to keep up with classmates can undermine their sense of self and self confidence.

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