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Research Article  |   April 1985
A Library Skills Program Serving Adults with Mental Retardation: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Author Affiliations
  • Janith McCready Hurff, MA, OTR, is Assistant Director, Occupational Therapy Training, and Marie K. Poulsen, PhD, is Adjunct Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Southern California, Director of Training in Education; both at University Affiliated Program, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • James Van Hoven, SW, is Executive Director, Woodcrafters (a youth service agency)
  • Shirley Olson, MALS, is a staff member, Pomona Public Library, Pomona, CA 90027
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Research Article   |   April 1985
A Library Skills Program Serving Adults with Mental Retardation: An Interdisciplinary Approach
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1985, Vol. 39, 233-239. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.4.233
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1985, Vol. 39, 233-239. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.4.233
Abstract

During the past decade, there has been a thrust, both socially and legally, to integrate adults with developmental disabilities, particularly those with mental retardation, into community life. Libraries, which are resources in the community for all citizens, can play a significant role in this integration. This article describes the format and outcome of a California-based library program for mentally retarded adults. It describes the materials developed, gives the contributions made by an interdisciplinary team, and discusses occupational therapy’s role in the implementation of this community program.