A Brief Outline of the Principle of Normalization

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The normalization principle, though it has wide applicability to human service settings, has not been systematically incorporated into the training of psychologists and other rehabilitation professionals. This article defines the principle of normalization and discusses how it can help prevent, minimize, or reverse the psychological and behavioral manifestations of being viewed as different from the rest of society as a result of a physical, mental, or emotional handicap. Psychologists are becoming increasingly prominent in policy-making positions, and implementation of the normalization principle can have profound effects on the outcome of rehabilitation services in our society.

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