ERIC Number: ED278189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The ICD Survey of Disabled Americans: Bringing Disabled Americans into the Mainstream. A Nationwide Survey of 1,000 Disabled People. Study No. 854009.
Leichenko, Stuart; And Others
A nationwide telephone survey of 1000 non-institutionalized disabled Americans aged 16 and over was conducted to examine the impact of disability on the quality of respondents' lives--their work, social life, daily activities, education, and personal life, as well as to identify barriers to their inclusion in the American mainstream. Major findings of the survey include the following: an overwhelming majority of disabled Americans believe that life has improved for disabled people in the last decade; disabled Americans strongly endorse federal government efforts to give better opportunities to disabled people; disabled Americans are much poorer than non-disabled Americans; two-thirds of all disabled Americans surveyed are not working; the majority of those not working must depend on insurance payments or government benefits for support; and twenty-five percent of working-age disabled persons say that they have encountered job discrimination because of their disability. In addition, signs of an emerging group consciousness among disabled persons were also noted. Individual chapters provide detailed analyses of survey results concerned with the nature and severity of disability, perceptions of change, what it means to be disabled, the working and non-working disabled, barriers to entering the mainstream, benefits and who gets them, benefits and public policy, and disabled Americans as an underprivileged group. Appended are a detailed description of the study methodology and the complete questionnaire. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Council on the Handicapped, Washington, DC.; International Center for the Disabled, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.