ERIC Number: ED349754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Communicating with Primary Referral Sources: A Synthesis Report.
Berman, Carol; Melner, Joan
This report is designed to assist state officials in identifying appropriate approaches and resources for meeting the legal requirements for child find and public awareness procedures for identifying children with disabilities. The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires that the lead agency for Part H in each state disseminate to primary referral sources (particularly hospitals and physicians but also day care programs, social service agencies, and others) information about Part H, the benefits of early intervention, and the availability of early intervention services. The lead agency is also required to determine the extent to which information is made available to parents by primary referral sources. This report's approaches are based on a survey of over 30 Part H state lead agencies and Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities projects. Responses to the survey were consolidated into five functional headings: (1) communication from early intervention programs to medical personnel and health facilities for child find and public awareness purposes; (2) communication to other primary referral sources, specifically nonmedical personnel and facilities, for child find and public awareness purposes; (3) practices found ineffective in communicating with primary referral sources for child find and public awareness purposes; (4) communication from agencies and primary referral sources to families; and (5) gaining feedback about communication with primary referral sources and evaluating outcomes. Attachments include the survey questions, a list of respondents and reviewers, a list of 11 selected publications and materials, and a reprint of a list of over 65 "Selected References" from "Promoting Health through Part H." (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Community Education, Compliance (Legal), Day Care Centers, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Government Role, Handicap Identification, Hospitals, Information Dissemination, Interpersonal Communication, Legal Responsibility, Medical Services, Outreach Programs, Physicians, Preschool Education, Referral, Social Services, State Agencies
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.
Identifiers: Child Find; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part H
Note: Produced by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System (NEC*TAS).