ERIC Number: ED164635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-22
Reference Count: N/A
Preliminary Findings of a Study of Minority Developmentally Disabled.
Gray, Naomi T.; And Others
In an attempt to identify and evaluate the quality and quantity of minority participation in the developmental disabilities (DD) movement, the first year of this study included a series of parent/consumer and service provider meetings throughout the country. Separate meetings were held for parents/consumers and for agency personnel in each city. Probe questions served as the primary means for directing discussion. Service provider responses and concerns fell into five major areas: (1) agency assessment of the DD (minority/non-minority) consumer needs; (2) agency self-evaluation of service inadequacies; (3) interagency relationships; (4) barriers to minority participation; and (5) agency assessment of their professional services. There were similarities in issues raised and comments made by the participants at the parent/consumer meetings. These included: (1) comprehensiveness of services; (2) agency/staff sensitivity to parent's feelings and minority concerns; (3) agency outreach and use of bilingual materials; (4) participation; (5) attitudes of the professionals; and (6) eligibility requirements. Other issues raised reflected specific problems dealt with by Native Americans, Vietnamese and other Asian Americans, Spanish-speaking Americans, and blacks. Both those receiving and those needing services were found to have similar concerns about how services are delivered to minority families with developmentally disabled members. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Community Services, Developmental Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Family Role, Minority Group Influences, Minority Groups, Social Agencies, Social Services, Vietnamese People
National Conference on Social Welfare, 22 West Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Social Welfare (Los Angeles, California, May 22, 1978) ; Study prepared by New Dimensions in Community Service, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.