Intentional communities of attachment

Rochard Grover

'Intentional communities of attachment' are communities where people with a disability and non-disabled people live together outside of professionalised care arrangements or family obligation.

They can demonstrate a very different approach to meeting the needs and aspirations of disabled people.

The experiences of such communities can provide important indications for the practice and development of community care generally, according to a study by Richard Grover. He concludes that 'intentional communities of attachment' offer a valid third option in community care outside formal (professionalised) care and informal care (from obligated families). This option is small but thriving, demonstrating a radically different approach to meeting special needs while offering a range of good quality opportunities.