Photo by @amivitale on assignment for @opensocietyfoundations. Natia relaxes in her home

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Photo by @amivitale on assignment for @opensocietyfoundations. Natia relaxes in her home

Photo by @amivitale on assignment for @opensocietyfoundations. Natia relaxes in her home

Photo by @amivitale on assignment for @opensocietyfoundations. Natia relaxes in her home in Gurjaani, Georgia. She was once locked up in a large institution for people with disabilities, where she had no freedom to even cook together with her friends. Today, thanks to Hand in Hand, a small nongovernmental organization, Natia lives a full and meaningful life in a home with friends. In Georgia, many people with disabilities continue to be placed in long-stay institutional settings, excluded from society and without access to education, employment, and health care. Many adults living in such institutions have been there since childhood. Poor development and limited commitment to alternative, community-based services result in the reliance on institutions.
I am sharing work this week on the de-institutionalization of care for people with developmental disabilities. Please follow along with @opensocietyfoundations.
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