I think with disabilities, it makes the disparity between rich and poor more apparent.
I know a few .com ers are "retired" but have to take care of their autistic child; the majority of their time and resources is spent with therapists, art, music, activity (you name it they have a therapy for it). Virtually all the "pure" autistic kids with therapy have intelligence more than a 12 year old (the kid can solve topology problems better than most undergrads). My friend's kid is now mostly normal and will go to university, but still if you manage to get at his "blind spot", he completely falls apart. It gets tough when not to be a helicopter parents in this regard because they can get bullied so easily.
The problem with North American society is currently we stigmatize mental institutions. However in cases like autism where the clients can get overwhelmed really easily, a quiet place is probably a good thing to start off. But thanks to the gov trend, the only psych facilities we have are prisons, where things are really out of sight and mind. I really hope Douglas will be able to establish a psych nursing school at the old Riverview facilities because it is sorely needed.
Even if the person have the intelligence of a 12 year old that bing
had suggested, it doesn't mean they don't have a mind. They just don't evolve beyond the capability of a 12 year old, it doesn't mean they don't have emotions, love and even urges for sex. Think the movie "The Session
If people want to experience situations like this up close and personal, I highly suggest one to to at least get a better perspective, give l'arche
a visit or volunteer there.