Among other outcomes, these initiatives led to the development of the National Home of Your Own Alliance in the 1990s.

The fact that smaller and smaller settings were developing does not mean that this was universal.

There were also deinstitutionalization efforts that could be characterized as "one size fits all."

Video: In March 1984, Dr. Burton Blatt, Syracuse University, delivered this speech to an audience at the Pittsburgh Holiday Inn Airport. Dr. Blatt had a profound impact on the field of developmental disabilities through his writing, teaching, and advocacy. He died twenty five years ago in January 1985. Click here for personal statements from Bob Laux and Hank Bersani about Blatt's influence, a biography of Dr. Blatt, and a link to Christmas in Purgatory.
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