This article is a blog post on why institutions are not positive places, despite being portrayed as such. When guardians send their relations off to institutions, they believe that this is the best course of action to take. Such institutions, however, have their own methods of controlling patients and altering their state of mind. While these methods are not forms of physical abuse, it is a form of mental manipulation. I think that this is due to the fact that the disabled people are not able to make simple decisions in their life such as when and what to eat. Instead, the staff take care of everything and the inhabitant is left feeling very useless. Eventually, the only way to cope with such treatment is to give up and lose what it means to be fully human. I believe that this is what the author means when she writes, “in order to survive it the inmates have to become as much of that unperson as they can manage.”
This is not and effective way to treat and/or care for disabled people. Instead, perhaps some thought could be given in having the disabled make their own choices and be held responsible for something. I know, however, that this needs time and a massive shift in the attitude of the general public regarding the potential of people who are disabled.