ERIC Number: ED356110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Common Threads: Weaving Together Rural Resources for People with Disabilities. Proceedings of the Common Threads Conference (Missoula, Montana, August 22-24, 1992).
Dwyer, Kathy, Ed.; And Others
This proceedings contains presentations grouped by five broad topics concerning disability services in rural areas. The keynote address, by Linda Tonsing-Gonzales, discusses the social services paradigm shift toward empowering the disabled and developing natural support systems. Broad topics and presentation topics are: (1) "negotiating access" (rural independent living centers, the Americans with Disabilities Act, consumer-driven community service networks and supportive housing, home accessibility, and alternative funding strategies); (2) "networking partnerships" (rural resource networks, early intervention, independent living for older people with visual disabilities, and interagency networking); (3) "training resourcefully" (preservice teacher education, an experimental program meeting special educational needs of disabled secondary students in the regular classroom, training master trainers for staff, and a school-based health promotion program); (4) "cultivating careers" (rural issues in rehabilitation, providing integrated employment services, and activism and leadership development among disabled persons); and (5) "weaving natural supports" (church-sponsored supportive home groups, integrating disabled children into community recreation programs, and a community-based independent living center). Informal forum topics include Native Americans and disability issues, rural supported employment, rural mental health, and identifying effective rural programs and strategies. This document lists rural information resources, program participants, and related state agencies. (SV)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Community Services, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Human Services, Individual Power, Mainstreaming, Normalization (Handicapped), Professional Training, Rehabilitation, Rural Areas, Social Support Groups, Special Education, Supported Employment
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Montana Univ. Affiliated Rural Inst., Missoula.