ERIC Number: ED256931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Survey Update: The Perceived Needs and Level of Independence of Institutionalized versus Non-Institutionalized Developmentally Disabled Persons.
Center for Independent Living of Greater Bridgeport, CT.
In July, 1983, the Center for Independent Living of Greater Bridgeport and its cooperating agencies conducted a survey of 32 people, the majority of whom were developmentally disabled and resided in institutional or community settings, in both rural and urban areas. This report addresses the perceived needs and levels of independence experienced by these two distinct populations as a result of a follow-up study conducted in July, 1984. The questionnaire used in 1983 was revised to focus upon services used and levels of consumer satisfaction. Areas addressed were demographics, education, employment and training, income and benefits, housing, recreation and leisure time, transportation, medical treatment, counseling, advocacy, and legal issues. The objective of the study was to determine the level of consumer use of and satisfaction with community-based services, use of and satisfaction with independent living services, and what, if any, differences exist between those in institutionalized and non-institutionalized groups regarding perceived needs, levels of independence, and satisfaction with available resources. Although the sample size was too small to yield definitive results overall, the findings indicated that people living in the community reported greater satisfaction and better use of both generic and categorical services. When services were not used, reasons given included lack of transportation, prohibitive cost, or lack of interest. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Adults, Community Resources, Coping, Daily Living Skills, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Developmental Disabilities, Followup Studies, Institutionalized Persons, Interpersonal Competence, Normalization (Handicapped), Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Participation, Residential Programs, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Human Development Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Independent Living of Greater Bridgeport, CT.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut