ERIC Number: ED225723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Interrelated Problems of the Developmentally Disabled Resident in Rural South Carolina.
Harmon, Dorothy R.
South Carolina, a basically rural state, faces interrelated problems (housing, transportation, education, etc.) for 23,000 developmentally disabled individuals. These individuals are extremely vulnerable because of the lack of programs designed to meet their needs. Housing for the developmentally disabled remains very sparse and is often dilapidated. Educational programs for developmentally disabled individuals (who must leave school at age 21) have not been a problem for mildly retarded or handicapped persons because of adult education programs available in most South Carolina school districts. Through adult activity centers in small towns and rural communities, adult developmentally disabled individuals have opportunities to gain skills in vocational and academic education, though opportunities to earn money are very limited. Because one of the greatest needs is that of transportation, some means must be found to link transportation needs to unused available transportation. Two greatly unmet needs are therapy for developmentally disabled individuals and respite care for their families (for whom nothing has been done in small or rural communities). Although volunteers and local community service clubs have been most helpful, agencies with specified services need to be encouraged to look at new ways to meet needs. (BRR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute on Social Work in Rural Areas (6th, Beaufort County, SC, July 26-29, 1981).