Just found this interesting article by Burton Blatt, a pioneer in humanizing services for people with intellectual disabilities and an advocate for deinstitutionalisation.
And poets? Or composers or artists? Poets have something to teach us--have something to teach the scientists, the doctors, the teachers themselves. Especially relevant are the poets whose lives transcend art,whose lives and art are poetic. Especially necessary are people who can create visions of life which are contemptuous of compromise with decency, who are intimidated by neither convention nor throng. Actually, not anyone will always want (or need) the truth; but everyone will seek sometime a more comprehensible reality than what's available. And such a reality for people in our line of work may best be created out of the distortion of art.