ERIC Number: ED175202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Parents' Current Satisfactions and Projected Needs: Community Based Services for Developmentally Disabled Children.
Suelzle, Marijean; Keenan, Vincent
Findings are presented from a 1978 survey of 330 parents of developmentally disabled children in Lake County, Illinois regarding their current satisfactions and projected needs. The first section portrays the sample demographics (age, sex, type of disability, yearly family income, area of residence). A section on family support analyzes responses in the following service areas: health care delivery, social service delivery, recreation and leisure, and emotional and informational sources of support. Among results described are that approximately two-thirds of the parents were satisfied with the initial diagnosis and assessment; the relationships of family income to health care services and social services was complex; the younger the disabled child, the more likely parents were to be satisfied with social service professionals; and the greatest informational needs reported were for a parent manual and a referral service. Life course planning is the focus of the final three chapters which analyze findings on schools and developmental programs, residential options, and community acceptance and consumer action. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Center for Urban Affairs.
Note: Paper presented at Family Support Unit's Conference for Service Providers, Countryside Center for the Handicapped (Barrington, Illinois); and American Academy on Mental Retardation Annual Meeting (Miami Beach, Florida)