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Past, present and future
recent weeks the Lincoln Developmental Center has come under
attack from many sources, many groups calling for the closure of
this facility. Though we have had some problems at our facility, I
can honestly say that the vast majority of employees here are some
of the best in their areas of expertise.
put a blanket over the whole facility and calling it a dangerous
place for individuals to reside is almost as ridiculous as
believing that all those of Islam faith are responsible for the
World Trade Center bombings.
years ago I started a career working in state government here at
the Lincoln Developmental Center. I have seen many improvements in
the quality of life for our individuals. We no longer warehouse
our individuals as is often reported in the papers. Rather the
folks who reside at Lincoln live in a normal homelike atmosphere.
direct-care staff and support people are second to none and have
done a very good job in spite of mandated overtime, staff
shortages and all the unfair criticism directed at them. I believe
these employees do a splendid job at performing their tasks,
especially given the very limited financial resources at their
disposal and the ever-changing rules and regulations that govern
facilities like Lincoln.
so-called CILA homes that we so often read about in the papers are
nothing but private companies and /or individuals making a profit.
I would bet there are some good employees who are employed in
these facilities; however, many are understaffed, under-trained
and experience a large turnover of staff due to very low wages and
very few benefits. The bottom line, folks, is that these homes or
living facilities are all about the bottom line. So you can see
that these places are not the answer.
Developmental Center, in my opinion, is still very much a needed
entity, providing for and assisting our individuals in enjoying
their lives to the fullest. I am proud to say I have been a part
of system that reaches out to help those who are handicapped.
agrees, LDC should stay open
agree with your article. I grew up in Lincoln. And while I donít
live there anymore, and Iím not totally aware of the problems at
LDC, I believe that it needs to remain open!!
have a second cousin who has lived there for years... Where would
he (and MANY) others go? My grandfather, Robert Dowell, worked
there for many years. He along with many others did what many of
us wouldnít or canít do. And itís because of those caring
individuals and the people that live there that it should stay
article by Mike Fak: "A
place that most of us wish didnít exist -- LDC, an integral part of this
community, an integral part of our humanity," posted Oct. 24]
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