Close Encounters: Promoting Social Independence in Adolescents With Physical Disabilities
Keywords:Physical Disability, Adolescents, lndependence, Social Skills
Implementation of PL 94: 142 assured that all children with handicaps had educational opportunities in their home communities. Most would agree philosophically that mainstreaming is the most desirable approach. However, there are some social needs of students with disabilities not being met through the public school mainstream. Many such students are socially isolated, lonely, dependent and unaware of alternatives. The Division of Developmental Disabilities developed a summer residential program titled "'Close Encounters" to address the needs of this group of adolescents. Teens attend this program to develop supportive friendships with others who have disabilities.. They also have the opportunity to increase their independence and use of freedom and become aware of and use community resources.
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