ERIC Number: ED035143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Independent Living: A Study of Rehabilitation of Physically Handicapped Adults Living in Foster Homes; Social Work Intervention in the Adaptation to Family Environment. Final Report.
Young, Howard D.
As an alternative to unnecessary inpatient care of adults with orthopedic disabilities, the Independent Living Project (ILP) placed persons who were institutionalized without need and persons who were living in the community under unsatisfactory circumstances in foster homes. Information is presented on the intake procedures, homefinding techniques, matching client to foster home problems, counseling services, and the employment procedures used in the project. The characteristics of the ILP clients and foster families and the effects of social work intervention are enumerated with summary tables of data clarifying the placement results. Nine major areas of concern were identified. Each area is delineated with a list of recommendations and implications. These include the procedures for moving the disabled into suitable environments, the applicability of foster homes for the disabled, the alternatives for living environments, the opportunity to participate in training for social skills, the compilation of a central record file or data bank, the effect of the work experience and its importance, the cooperation of community organizations for the disabled, the need for the coordination of personnel services, the allocation of personnel and types of services offered, and final conclusions. (WW)
Descriptors: Adult Foster Care, Adults, Career Counseling, Counseling Effectiveness, Exceptional Child Services, Family Environment, Family Influence, Foster Family, Institutionalized Persons, Interpersonal Relationship, Physical Disabilities, Program Evaluation, Rehabilitation Programs, Social Adjustment, Social Workers, Success
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York Service for Orthopedically Handicapped, NY.