ERIC Number: ED355754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Setting a New Course: Defining Quality Lifestyles for Students with Dual Sensory Loss.
Mohesky-Darby, Julie; And Others
This guide was developed to assist families and professionals working with people having severe disabilities to improve the overall quality of life these individuals experience. An introduction contrasts new attitudes (such as emphasizing individual strengths and personal control and autonomy) with existing practices which often focus on students' inabilities, continually "prepare" students, and replace the individual's choices with "expert" decisions. A section on defining quality lifestyles for students with dual sensory loss considers basic assumptions about quality of life, defining basic needs, identifying individual preferences, and the quality of life approach. This approach is further discussed in a section which offers guidelines for evaluating current policies and practices and for developing and implementing programs. For use of educators and parents, two tables offer specific suggestions to promote quality of life at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels. Another section stresses the key role of families in fostering five quality of life outcomes: choice, competence, respect, community presence, and community participation. The final section describes the relationship of programs for students with disabilities to Kansas programs for the improvement of education for all students. (DB)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Change Strategies, Deaf Blind, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Family Involvement, Normalization (Handicapped), Parent School Relationship, Personal Autonomy, Policy Formation, Preschool Education, Quality of Life, Severe Disabilities, Student Development
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents; Administrators
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Board of Education, Topeka.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas