ERIC Number: ED349727
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Challenge for the Future: A Study of the Needs of Oregonians with Disabilities.
Brodsky, Meredith; And Others
This report describes the results of a statewide assessment of the needs of Oregonians with disabilities. The study was conducted between December 1990 and March 1991. Data were gathered via town meetings attended by over 300 Oregonians, interviews with representatives of state agencies and consumer advocacy groups, and questionnaires completed by more than 1,300 Oregonians. People described what they need to be full participants in their communities and told about barriers that limit them. Survey data showed a consistent set of unmet needs and barriers to services, with fairly uniform results across regions, ages, and genders. The needs of people with disabilities and desired changes in the service delivery system included: (1) services that are designed to help them find, get, and keep jobs; (2) information and access to assistive technology; (3) information about vocational rehabilitation services and resources; (4) services that provide funds to pay bills until work is found; (5) removal of physical barriers; (6) services designed and delivered from a consumer perspective and with consumer involvement; (7) a public awareness and education effort to let people know the capabilities of people with disabilities; (8) a service delivery system that is flexible and responsive to their individual needs; and (9) leadership that is enthusiastic and instilled with a vision of the future role of the Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Division. Appendices contain copies of questionnaires and detailed survey data. (JDD)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Attitudes, Citizen Participation, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Employment, Employment Opportunities, Futures (of Society), Needs Assessment, Program Development, State Surveys, Statewide Planning, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Div., Salem.
Authoring Institution: Paradigm Systems.