ERIC Number: ED333607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-15
Service, Resource and Training Needs of American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Projects.
Lonetree, Georgia L.
This study sought to identify resources available and training/technical assistance needs of personnel employed by projects serving American Indians and Alaska Natives under the provisions of Section 130 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 130 authorizes funding of vocational rehabilitation service grants to the governing bodies of Indian tribes on federal and state reservations. A survey of 19 project directors and 45 project staff gathered information concerning characteristics of project directors and staff, population and service jurisdiction, tribal affiliations, clients served, employment opportunities, referral sources, disabilities served, services rendered, and training and technical assistance. Among the results were the following: (1) disabling conditions most often reported were, in rank order, alcoholism, "other" disabilities, orthopedic/musculoskeletal, mental retardation, learning disabilities, spinal cord injury, mental illness, and arthritis; (2) the most provided types of services were personal counseling, vocational counseling, vocational evaluations, and psychological testing; (3) the top training need identified by project directors was the Individualized Written Rehabilitation Plan and the top training need identified by staff was medical aspects of disabilities; and (4) the top technical assistance need identified by directors was job placement and identified by staff was confidentiality. Appendices contain data supporting the report's findings and survey forms. (15 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. Native American Research and Training Center.