ERIC Number: ED461190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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From Discrimination to Acceptance: Serving People with Psychiatric Disabilities in Adult Education.
Unger, Karen V.
This paper discusses the discrimination against individuals with psychiatric disabilities in educational institutions and how the transition from discrimination to acceptance is occurring. It examines the characteristics of those who return to educational institutions, why they return, and the specific needs of individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The paper explores some of the myths and realities about people with mental illness and discusses how adult educators can assist and support people with mental illness in successfully achieving their educational goals. Quotations from students with mental disorders illustrate what it means to them to participate in an educational process. Two responses to the paper are attached and include positive remarks as well as criticisms, including the criticism that the focus of the paper on discrimination in postsecondary institutions does not discuss the acceptance of individuals with mental disorders in adult basic education programs. Overhead information summary sheets are also attached. (Contains 11 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Symposium on Accommodating Adults with Disabilities in Adult Education Programs. Proceedings of the NAASLN [National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs] (6th, New Orleans, LA, September 26-28, 1996); see EC 305 503.