The debate in the 1960s certainly laid the groundwork for the "get ready" or "readiness model" [also described as the continuum of services, least restrictive environment and the cascade model]. There was also a recognition that some individuals could move to the community, some sooner than others, while others would never be ready.

Those who left might move to group living situations, then independent living. The advent of developmental programming in institutions would prepare people for the community. On the other hand, there was an apparent consensus that some would never be ready.

Child with BallPhoto courtesy William Bronston, M.D.
11