Abstract

Through historical analysis, adult education is shown to perpetuate widespread social practices of oppression for learners who experience intellectual and other disabilities. A redefinition of whom and what makes a valuable contribution to society is offered; a shift to more inclusive thinking is recommended and a practical necessity due to recent federal legislation.

Keywords

disability, history, education

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Success, Disabilities, and Adult Education: A Historical Journey

Through historical analysis, adult education is shown to perpetuate widespread social practices of oppression for learners who experience intellectual and other disabilities. A redefinition of whom and what makes a valuable contribution to society is offered; a shift to more inclusive thinking is recommended and a practical necessity due to recent federal legislation.