ERIC Number: ED204924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Learning to Live with Disability: A Guidebook for Families.
Institute for Information Studies, Falls Church, VA.
The booklet provides the families of disabled persons, as well as those involved with such families, information to aid in coping more effectively with disability, and thereby minimizing its disruptive impact on the family. Following an introductory chapter is a chapter on inner factors (such as physical and emotional health of family members) and outer factors (such as adequacy and responsiveness of the service system) which affect how a family experiences disablement. Chapter III discusses some of the most frequent emotional responses to disablement, including denial, loss, anger, fear, and guilt. The concepts of dependency, independence, and interdependence are considered in a fourth chapter as they related to the disabled individual within the family. Chapter V describes some of the problems of disablement and offers ways to overcome typical problems in the following areas: family communication; task sharing; role flexibility and inflexibility; stress management; coping; alcohol and drug abuse; religion and faith; extended family, neighbors, and friends; finances and public financial assistance; and counseling services. Chapter VI discusses some of the ways families can receive help from rehabilitation and related agencies and professionals; while Chapter VII focuses on advocacy and consumerism. An eighth chapter briefly looks at future trends. The final two chapters list resources for information on disability aids, equipment, advocacy, programs, and services. (SB)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Coping, Disabilities, Family Attitudes, Family Relationship, Parent Attitudes, Resources
National Rehabilitation Information Center, 4407 8th St., N.E., Washington, DC 20017 ($1.00 for postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for Information Studies, Falls Church, VA.