ERIC Number: ED156283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Disabled Students Enrolled in California Community Colleges 1974-75. Resource Study.
Spencer, Sylvia S.; And Others
A survey instrument eliciting demographic and needs information was sent to 4,600 disabled students who attended California community colleges during 1974-75; the response rate was 19.5% and not all respondents answered all questions. Students' ages ranged from 18 to over 56; approximately 66% were over 26, 50% of whom acquired disabilities at age 18 or older. There were more male than female handicapped students except in the under 21 age group. A substantial portion of students aged 27 or older had dependents, indicating they were heads of households requiring economic independence. Of respondents, 29.1% were employed but only 23.9% had jobs enabling them to meet daily living expenses. Other than financial support by parents or spouses (a source of support indicated by 54.9% of those answering this question), five major sources of financial assistance were identified: Supplemental Security Income (42.5%), Social Security Disability (25%), Veterans' Administration Services (33%), Department of Rehabilitation (47.7%), and Workmen's Compensation (7.9%). Students chose preparation for advanced study as their most important initial goal, followed by self-improvement. Factors held responsible for the termination or interruption of studies and course load reductions of 53.3% of the respondents included the requirement of major medical care, financial problems and loss of interest. (TR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Age, Architectural Barriers, Community Colleges, Females, Financial Problems, Handicapped Students, Males, Participant Satisfaction, Persistence, Physical Disabilities, School Holding Power, State Surveys, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Employment, Student Financial Aid, Student Needs, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.; California Association of Postsecondary Educators of the Disabled, Fresno.
Note: Occasional light type