Bengt Nirje on Normalization
Produced by David Goode / The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
Produced in 1993.
Normalization and Professional Ethics
Bengt Nirje: The principle of normalization deals with the ethics of this profession because it deals with the fact that our job is to give power to. Our object is to give of the power that we have of our knowledge, of our understanding, of our capacities, of our professional skills. To give of that power to make people as independent as possible. To support the right to self-determination. To support the right, the right for being. That is the ethic of the profession.
And that is what is so important for the understanding of the politicians and all the people dealing, that is the ultimate responsibility of the community to see to it that the goals and the objectives of the service is respecting this and respecting the professionalism of the people that are helping even the most handicapped, the most disabled to have as normal conditions of life as possible. Because it is a basic human right.