ERIC Number: ED231160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis of the Consumer Needs of Disabled Persons.
Nemeth, Cheryl; Del Rogers, James
The report presents results and analyses of a 38 question needs assessment survey of 431 physically disabled (PD) and 228 able bodied (AB) respondents, ages 15 to 60, to determine problems the disabled experience in the marketplace. The report is the product of a 3 stage county educational program (San Diego, California) to increase marketplace independence of PD students. Described are survey development by a committee including disabled consumers and teachers of the disabled, and disseminaton through "Mainstream Magazine" and agencies providing services for handicapped students at four local institutions of higher education. Results are given for the following three sections of the survey: (1) general background information, (2) consumer habits, and (3) areas of economic interest to consumers. Among major findings are: (1) the median income for the PD is $16,243 less per year than that for the AB; (2) friends and family usually find homes for the PD; (3) 62 percent of the PD use a private vehicle and 30 percent have limited mobility due to inaccessible public transportation; and (4) a greater proportion of PD than AB receive government assistance. Coupled with major findings are 20 recommendations for inclusion in the curriculum on consumer education for the PD including ways to find housing, ways to increase participation in activities outside the home, and information on acquiring attendant care. The survey form is attached. (MC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Consumer's Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Diego County Dept. of Education, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Diego)