Social Issues

Low expectations, restrictive practices and boredom

Posted on: Wed 27 Jun 2018

Historically, service providers have used a variety of practices to control unwanted behaviours.

Department of Human Services (Disability SA) Senior Practitioner, Richard Bruggemann, has seen these kinds of restrictive practices used in the disability sector.

On June 30th, he’s retiring from over 30 years of service.

He speaks to Small Change‘s Lisa Burns about the kinds of restrictive practices that have been used historically and are presently used, the danger of having low expectations for people with disability and the resulting boredom that people who receive support and care can live with. He also reflects on what originally inspired him to move into disability services and how he hopes new workers in the sector will approach what are often regarded as difficult behaviours.

Produced by Lisa Burns

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