237864 Cross-Disability approaches and solutions to mental health community inclusion

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 4:48 PM

Scott Robertson, MHCI, PhD Candidate , College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Cross-disability research and practice in the area of societal inclusion can inform efforts to achieve greater inclusion for consumers with mental health disabilities. Despite scattered recognition of this idea, the mental health community has often not sought to learn from the cross-disability community's inclusion pursuits. Examining cross-disability understandings of barriers, enhancers, and solutions for achieving inclusion assists educating the mental health community about benefits from learning from cross-disability work in inclusion. Thus, the researcher conducted a review of cross-disability research, practice, and policy to identify barriers, enhancers, and strategies for inclusion of people with disabilities to support mental health inclusion. Identified barriers included rigid funding streams, stigmatizing attitudes and stereotyping patterns, segregated cultural norms and traditions, paucity of targeted services for community inclusion enhancement, and socio-cultural and physical accessibility barriers. Identified enhancers included flexible funding streams, empowering attitudes and value systems (focused on societal enhancement of inclusion), universal design approaches to support, targeted services, and broad-based thinking for provision of accessibility accommodations. Developing practices for enhancing community inclusion include communities of practice for communication and resource exchange in service system innovation, expansion of collaborations and partnerships between disability and non-disabled organizations (e.g. in labor, education, healthcare, etc.), empowerment of voices of consumers with disabilities, adoption of flexible, adaptive, approaches to disability service-delivery, and implementation of inclusion-strengthening assistive and augmentative technologies. This session will discuss in detail these barriers, enhancers, and solutions for achieving inclusion for people with disabilities and challenges in translating them from cross-disability work to mental health work.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
List socio-cultural, physical, and economic barriers to inclusion for people with disabilities; List socio-cultural, physical, and economic enhancers of inclusion for people with disabilities; Describe successful practices and approaches for increasing inclusion of people with disabilities; Discuss challenges in translating inclusion of people with disabilities to the mental health service system

Keywords: Mental Health System, Community Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I engaged in the research activities that produced the knowledge that would be presented in the conference session.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.