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Bengt Nirje on Normalization

Produced by David Goode / The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Produced in 1993.

Principle of Normalization and Development

Bengt Nirje: The principle, as it says in the beginning, when you make available to all persons with disabilities, patterns of life and conditions of everyday living. Which are as close as possible to the same as the regular circumstances and ways of life in their communities. And then I just had to define normal. And normalization has to do with normal conditions of life and to define them as the normal rhythm of the day, the normal rhythm of the week, the normal rhythm of the year and changing of the seasons. The normal developmental steps in the life cycle. Those are the four aspects that came with time, with the growth and with development of human beings. And then I added a normal [Inaudible] the normal sections, patterns, the normal economic patterns and rights of the society, and the normal developmental patterns and standards in their communities.

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