ERIC Number: ED229977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Information Needs of Parents and Availability of Community Services for Mildly Mentally Handicapped High School Students.
Berg, David R.
Forty parents of mildly retarded high school students, 108 community service agencies, and 21 directors of guidance and special education were surveyed to determine information needs and availability of community services for these parents and their children in United Township High School (Illinois). Parents were asked about current use of services and ranked their service needs. Agencies were asked for information about services, eligibility requirements, referral procedure, and clientele. Guidance and special education directors were asked about content and format of information presented to parents. Seventy-eight percent of the parents indicated needs for counseling, education, financial assistance, legal aid, recreation, or vocational training. Only 45 percent reported that they had previously used these services. Ranked as the most important need was vocational training, followed by counseling, education, legal aid, financial assistance, and recreation. Agency surveys revealed that 79 percent of the agencies provided counseling and only 8 percent provided financial assistance. Eighteen of 21 districts represented by the guidance and special education directors provided vocational training information to parents. The information from the survey was used to develop a handbook of community services for parents. (CL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum paper for Master of Science in Education, Western Illinois University.