ERIC Number: ED333631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Americans with Developmental Disabilities: Policy Directions for the States.
Wright, Barbara; King, Martha P.
This Task Force report offers recommendations to state legislatures in the following policy areas: early intervention, family support, transition services, community living, supported employment, and funding for persons with developmental disabilities. Stressed is a consumer orientation which focuses on individual and family strengths and needs. For each policy area the report provides background information including why legislators should be concerned, federal activities, and state activities as well as the specific Task Force recommendations for state actions. Major recommendations in each policy area include: establish a statewide collaborative system of intervention services; create and fund family support programs for families who provide care at home for their disabled children; designate a lead agency to coordinate activities needed for a transition program for young people with developmental disabilities; increase resources for typical community residences and support services tailored to individual needs; develop strong public-private partnerships to encourage the employment of people with developmental disabilities; and develop financial goals for community services and support systems for this population. Appendixes include a statement by the National Conference of State Legislatures; a table giving state fiscal efforts in this area; and a list of 19 organizational resources. Footnotes document the report's findings and a list of acronyms is provided. (DB)
Descriptors: Community Programs, Developmental Disabilities, Early Intervention, Education Work Relationship, Family Programs, Financial Support, Mental Retardation, Needs Assessment, Supported Employment, Transitional Programs
National Conference of State Legislatures, 1560 Broadway, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80202 ($10.00 plus postage and handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.