Randy Krieble Interview
"People coming into the business today, I can't imagine them seeing the advancement and the progress that we saw." Randy Krieble talks about witnessing the evolution of institutional custody and control of people with disablities into community-oriented living arrangements offering choice and opportunity. Randy worked for the State of Indiana in positions related to disability starting in 1970. Forty-one years later he retired as assistant director of Indiana's Family and Social Service Administration, Division of Disability. In this 2012 interview, Randy discusses his experience working with people with intellectual/developmental disabilities inside several state institutions, and how as a state official he returned to one of them to effect its closure.
From 1977 to 1980, Randy worked at Muscatatuck State Hospital and Training Center, starting in a behavior modification unit. He describes the dehumanizing conditions he found there, some of which eventually led to the institution shutting its doors in 2005. Randy describes the complexity of the transition process, during which time he lived at the Center during the week. There were strong community and family reactions to the shut down, and extensive efforts to find appropriate community placements for its residents.
Randy also discusses the evolution of services for people with disabilities in Indiana and the leaders and advocates who contributed to those changes.
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