|Fircrest Cottage and State Health Lab behind|
These people are the most medically fragile, vulnerable and most profoundly retarded citizens who cannot live independently and need care from places like Fircrest that are "Centers of Excellence".
Now some of these residents are under the age of 21 and have been students in the local School Districts, such as Shoreline.
Recently, Superintendent Sue Walker decided to testify before a State Senate Committee saying that
Fircrest "is bad for children and bad for our community(ies). "
Saskia Davis is the sister of a longtime resident of Fircrest. Here is her opinion on what is important, and what is Myth or Truth about RHC's.
MYTH #1: Forced institutionalization:
TRUTH: Many years ago, institutions were the only venues available when people with dd could no longer be cared for in their families of origin homes. Many who could learn to live in the general community felt trapped in RHCs.
Now the situation is quite the opposite: There are a variety of private and state-run options & the ADA requires true choice between RHCs & general-community venues.