ERIC Number: ED204062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching Rural Handicapped Children: The Transportation Situation in Rural Service Delivery. Making It Work in Rural Communities. A Rural Network Monograph.
Tucker, Jamie; And Others
Almost everyone who responded to three transportation surveys of rural Handicapped Children's Early Education Program (HCEEP) projects identified transportation as a critical problem in the delivery of services to handicapped children in rural areas. Transportation problems encountered were attributed to environmental/geographic factors, inadequate funding coupled with high costs, lack of public transportation, parental inability to provide transportation, and difficulty in securing cooperation and support from other agencies. Strategies and suggestions for coping with transportation problems included: (1) maintaining contact with families through the mail, telephone, and CB or ham radios; (2) efficient scheduling and teaming to cut down on the number of trips required and to reduce boredom/fatigue factors; (3) scheduling visits to families on a biweekly rather than weekly basis; (4) using staff vehicles for reaching and/or transporting families; (5) encouraging parents to carpool to center-based programs; and (6) coordinating efforts with social service agencies and educational systems. Respondents offered fewer strategies for dealing with the lack of public transportation than for any other identified problem. Almost all projects responding to the transportation surveys reported that they had not found long-term solutions to their transportation problems; however, a number of short-term solutions were identified. (CM)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Agency Cooperation, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Distance, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Influences, Financial Support, Health Services, Parent Participation, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Environment, Services, Social Services, Special Education, Therapy, Transportation, Young Children
Rural Network, College of Education, Room 27, Horrabin Hall, Western Illinois Univ., Macomb, IL 61455 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Coll. of Education.