Simply to Be Let in
Inclusion as a Basis for Recovery
Published in: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, v. 24, no. 4, Spring 2001, p. 375-388
Posted on rand.org 2001
This article takes its inspiration from a poem by Borges, in which the author makes a plea to simply be let in without being wondered at or required to succeed. Based on the view that these issues have applied historically to people with mental illnesses--first during the period of the asylum, and now more recently as a result of deinstitutionalization--this article argues for the adoption of a broad conceptual framework of inclusion that, based on a disability paradigm, neither alienates or requires people to succeed. First, the ways in which such a framework augments existing approaches to treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery are outlined. Next, the authors describe the three elements of friendship, reciprocity, and hopefulness aspects of inclusion that may provide a foundation for efforts toward recovery, and illustrate each of these elements through the stories of participants in a supported socialization program. Implications for future research and policy are suggested based on these data.