ERIC Number: ED197073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-24
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes of Non-Disabled Students Toward Developmentally Disabled Students in Adult Continuing Education Programs.
Armlin, Nelson J.; And Others
A project was conducted in New York State to promote enrollment of handicapped adults in continuing education programs. Through the efforts of twenty-one specially hired "facilitators," who encouraged the handicapped to enroll, eased them through registration, and attended classes with them, 125 handicapped adults participated in fifty different continuing education courses in five school districts during the Fall 1979, and Spring 1980, semesters. After the courses ended, a telephone survey was conducted of forty-five randomly-selected, non-handicapped students who had attended classes with the handicapped students. Responses indicated that a great majority (87 percent) of the people questioned experienced positive reactions to the presence of handicapped adults in their classes. (It should be noted, however, that the desire to give a socially acceptable response may have been involved in this result, since interviewees knew their names were known and they were replying to personal questioning, rather than filling out an anonymous questionnaire.) Some of the factors which seemed to have contributed to the success of integrating handicapped adults in regular continuing education courses were including facilitators as part of the classroom activities and enrolling handicapped students in small classes. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany.; State Univ. of New York, Albany.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New York
Note: Not available in paper copy due to light, broken print. Paper presented at a conference (Ellenville, NY, October 24, 1980). Sponsored in part by the Workshop, Inc., Albany, NY.