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ERIC Number: ED164635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-22
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Preliminary Findings of a Study of Minority Developmentally Disabled.
Gray, Naomi T.; And Others
In an attempt to identify and evaluate the quality and quantity of minority participation in the developmental disabilities (DD) movement, the first year of this study included a series of parent/consumer and service provider meetings throughout the country. Separate meetings were held for parents/consumers and for agency personnel in each city. Probe questions served as the primary means for directing discussion. Service provider responses and concerns fell into five major areas: (1) agency assessment of the DD (minority/non-minority) consumer needs; (2) agency self-evaluation of service inadequacies; (3) interagency relationships; (4) barriers to minority participation; and (5) agency assessment of their professional services. There were similarities in issues raised and comments made by the participants at the parent/consumer meetings. These included: (1) comprehensiveness of services; (2) agency/staff sensitivity to parent's feelings and minority concerns; (3) agency outreach and use of bilingual materials; (4) participation; (5) attitudes of the professionals; and (6) eligibility requirements. Other issues raised reflected specific problems dealt with by Native Americans, Vietnamese and other Asian Americans, Spanish-speaking Americans, and blacks. Both those receiving and those needing services were found to have similar concerns about how services are delivered to minority families with developmentally disabled members. (Author/EB)
National Conference on Social Welfare, 22 West Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Social Welfare (Los Angeles, California, May 22, 1978) ; Study prepared by New Dimensions in Community Service, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.