ERIC Number: ED349739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Adults with Psychiatric Disabilities on Campus.
Unger, Karen V.
Individuals with mental illness and resulting psychiatric disabilities are entitled to the same rights as all other Americans, but services needed to integrate these people fully into the community are not yet in place, especially in the field of higher education. Postsecondary education is an opportunity for qualified students with psychiatric disabilities to enhance the recovery and reintegration process. More students with psychiatric disabilities are identifying themselves as individuals with a disability and requesting accommodative services. Supported education for these students may involve self-contained classrooms, on-site support, or mobile support provided by staff from community mental health services. Attitudinal barriers to serving these students exist. Operational issues related to serving students with psychiatric disabilities call for: consideration of the role of the educational institution, the disability support services staff, community agencies, and the student; reasonable accommodations for students with psychiatric disabilities; and a student code of conduct. Future trends are outlined; model projects are noted; tips are offered for students, counselors, faculty and staff, and community agency personnel; and 13 publications and 4 organizations are listed. (JDD)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Attitudes, College Programs, College Students, Delivery Systems, Educational Opportunities, Educational Practices, Higher Education, Intervention, Mental Disorders, Student Personnel Services, Student Rights
HEATH Resource Center, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. HEATH Resource Center.