ERIC Number: ED346657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Review of State Policies To Empower Families and Reach Populations Typically Underserved. Carolina Policy Studies Program.
Arcia, Emily; And Others
This study examined states' policies toward families in the context of requirements of Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide early intervention services to all families with infants and toddlers with special needs. The study reviewed 13 "Year 4" applications for Part H funds from states in all geographical regions of the country and from states with a high percentage of ethnic minorities. Each application was reviewed for general and specific statements of policies aimed at reaching populations typically underserved, and for policies which would empower families by providing them maximum choice and flexibility. Conclusions and recommendations are grouped into the following categories: policies that impact on families' perceptions of problems and needs; policies that enhance enabling factors; policies that empower families; and policies that monitor and support services to minorities. Results indicated that, although all states reflected the spirit of the law, few of the applications had concrete examples or details on how general principles would be put into operations. The 14 specific recommendations include the following: in addition to targeting the general population, public awareness campaigns should also target minority populations; cost of services should be minimized to make these services accessible to all families; Part H should allow families to define their members; and state data systems should include family sociodemographic characteristics to allow monitoring of equitable distribution of resources. (Seven references) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Carolina Inst. for Child and Family Policy.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part H