It examines practical, theoretical, and research aspects of disability including those who question disability classifications and situates it as a political and social justice concern, technical and pragmatic concern, and personal experience. The authors present the perspectives of individuals with disabilities, service providers, parents, and teachers and offer analyses that range from the personal to the broadly political.
This is the 132nd volume in this Jossey Bass higher education quarterly report series. Noted for its depth of coverage, this indispensable series explores issues of common interest to instructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range of adult and continuing education settings.
1. Shifting Lenses: A Critical Examination of Disability in Adult Education 3Tonette S. Rocco, Antonio DelgadoThis chapter presents concepts and theories from disability studies useful for a critical examination of disability in adult education.
2. Getting to Know You: The Prospect of Challenging Ableism Through Adult Learning 13Margaret A. McLeanThis chapter examines the role of contact and relationship in changing ableist beliefs and concepts about disability.
3. Conducting Research with the Disability Community: A Rights–Based Approach 23Kelly M. Munger, Donna M. MertensThis chapter explores the philosophical and theoretical frameworks that are useful for the conduct of research with people with disabilities.
4. When the Black Dog Barks: An Autoethnography of Adult Learning in and on Clinical Depression 35Stephen BrookfieldThe author relates his personal learning journey to discover how best to cope with clinical depression.
5. Alterity: Learning Polyvalent Selves, Resisting Disabling Notions of the Self 43Wayland WalkerThis chapter queries how one type of human difference alterity, the experience of multiple distinct consciousnesses or alters by one person is pathologized in American culture.
6. Learning and Adaptation After Diagnosis: The Role of Parent Education 53Thomas G. Reio, Jr., Sandra L. FornesThe authors explore their learning and adaptation after diagnosis of their own children s disability and offer suggestions for navigating the resources available to parents.
7. Challenges and Opportunities of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans with Disabilities Transitioning into Learning and Workplace Environments 63Fariba Ostovary, Janet DapprichAn overview of issues related to transitioning from the military to civilian workplace and learning environments of disabled military servicemen/women is presented in this chapter.
8. Revisiting Debates on Learning Disabilities in Adult Education 75Alisa Belzer, Jovita Ross–GordonIn light of the current policy emphasis on evidence–based instruction, this chapter discusses two recent publications on adult learning disabilities that view it as largely a cognitive disorder and fail to attend to adult learning theory and the importance of a socio–cultural perspective.
9. Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended: Principles and Practice 85Lorenzo BowmanThis chapter reviews the impact of amendments and regulations that have updated the ADA in its twentieth year with an emphasis on employment and adult and higher education.
10. Moving Forward: Two Paradigms and Takeaways 97Tonette S. RoccoThis chapter reviews the major themes discussed in the text regarding disability and presents takeaways for adult education