ERIC Number: ED203408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The World of the Disabled: From Isolation to Assimilation.
Sweet, Kenneth F.
The physically disabled need to be assimilated into the mainstream of society, thereby enabling them to reject the environmental forces that have traditionally kept them psychologically isolated. Although rehabilitation centers may be the right places for the severely disabled to gain information that can augment that assimilation, they project a dependency for the disabled because they do not reflect the real world's physical environment. This paradox causes many disabled persons and their families to resist radical change and often locks the disabled into an isolating or closed system. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 offers alternative opportunities for the disabled to reframe their systems through the elimination of architectural barriers and the provision of transitional housing. The disabled must choose to live in open or assimilating systems rather than in closed or isolating ones, to build symmetrical relationships in which two people interchange the same type of behavior, and to bring their decision making abilities rather than their dependency to their relationships. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rehabilitation Act 1973
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Pittsburgh, PA, April 24-26, 1981).