ERIC Number: ED336913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Residential Supports for Children with Severe Disabilities in Northeast South Dakota.
Racino, Julie Ann; Merrill, David
This report is based on a 1988 site visit to the Northeast Educational Services Cooperative (NESC) in South Dakota. The visit's purpose was to provide consultation and recommendations regarding residential options to support children with severe disabilities who typically have been placed in out-of-district residential placements. Background information on the NESC, the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs, and other relevant agencies is provided. National trends in supporting children with severe disabilities in families (birth families or adoptive or foster families) are cited. Essential program components for supporting children with severe disabilities are discussed, including family supports and permanency planning. The status of best practices in South Dakota is reviewed. Strengths of this rural area are also noted, such as strong family ties, local community values, broad community commitment, potential leadership, and some support services. Problems and concerns identified include the issue of economic priorities versus children's priorities, facility size, lack of information on funding, lack of information on best practices, lack of family involvement in planning, and role confusion in interagency collaboration. Recommendations are offered to the NESC and to the Section of Special Education of the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. (Includes a list of 13 additional resources.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Children, Consultation Programs, Cooperative Programs, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Life, Needs Assessment, Placement, Program Evaluation, Residential Programs, Rural Areas, Severe Disabilities
Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, 200 Huntington Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244-2340 ($2.30).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: South Dakota State Dept. of Special Education, Pierre.; Northeast Educational Services Cooperative, SD.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Center on Human Policy.
Identifiers: South Dakota (Northeast)