ERIC Number: ED320372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Your Encounter with the Disabled: A Resource Manual on Disabilities. Revised.
Illinois State Office of the Secretary of State, Springfield.
The booklet is designed to provide awareness training for the general public on the relationship between persons with disabilities and other members of society. The booklet is divided into six sections concerning persons who are mentally ill, hearing impaired, mentally retarded, mobility impaired, visually impaired, or have epilepsy. Background information gives a brief overview of the characteristics and ramifications of each disability. The booklet also establishes guidelines on how to interact with persons with each disability. For example, the guidelines recommend that when a person with mental retardation is encountered, "acknowledge any display of curiosity or question" and "use average speech and a non-threatening attitude." When encountering a person with mental illness the booklet suggests "try to learn something about the individual before you make contact" and "talk about everyday things in a calm, confident tone of voice." A bibliography of 12 recommended readings is attached. (JDD)
Descriptors: Citizen Role, Disabilities, Epilepsy, Hearing Impairments, Interpersonal Competence, Interpersonal Relationship, Mental Disorders, Mental Retardation, Physical Disabilities, Social Behavior, Social Integration, Visual Impairments
Office of the Secretary of State, Senior Citizens, Human Resources and Veterans Department, 450 Centennial Building, Springfield, IL 62756 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Office of the Secretary of State, Springfield.
Note: Prepared by Senior Citizens, Human Resources and Veterans Department.