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ERIC Number: EJ1078057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
Social Inclusion: A Student Board Member's Perspective
Friedman, Josh
State Education Standard, v13 n1 p43-44 Aug 2013
Frustration, anxiety, and loneliness define too many high school experiences. For students with mental illness or other disabilities, this characterization is almost universal. Students with disabilities begin their high school careers immediately labeled as "special" and soon are ostracized from the larger student community. In high school terms, they are deemed weird and different. This brief article calls for greater understanding among both students and teachers and recognition of the fact that the only way to approach any disability is with determined compassion. Based on his personal association with mental illness, Josh Friedman suggests ways to encourage understanding and acceptance of students with mental health issues both in schools and in the broader community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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