The Cycle of Institutions

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) made two toolkits about institutions.

The first one, Institutions: the Old, The New, and What We Should Do, focuses on the history of institutions from the 19th century to the present, and what we can do to make community living possible for everyone.

ASAN’s second toolkit, The Cycle of Institutions, explains how institutions get opened, closed, remade, and opened again… and again. This toolkit answers important questions like:

  • What is the cycle of institutions?
  • What are state schools, ICFs, group homes, and intentional communities?
  • How are these places different from institutions in the past? How are they the same?
  • How can you tell that a facility is an institution?

The Cycle of Institutions is available in two versions:

The Easy Read Edition has 5 parts. It uses pictures along with large text, and has more white space.

A Plain Language Version of the toolkit includes just the words and no pictures.

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