ERIC Number: ED365488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Common Threads '93: Equitable Solutions...Because Disability Is a Natural Part of Human Experience. Proceedings of a National Conference on Rural Disability Issues (Missoula, Montana, September 10-13, 1993).
Dwyer, Kathy, Ed.; And Others
This proceedings contains presentations, workshop summaries, program profiles, and other highlights of a conference on rural disability issues. The major conference theme was the normalcy of having a disability. A plenary discussion developed a list of 17 rural community disability priorities. Keynote speeches were: (1) "Rural Economies and Disability" (Dennis O'Donnell); (2) "Building Strong Inclusive Community through Servant Leadership" (Bob Jahner); and (3) "Community Development and Advocacy" (Jim DeJong). Workshops focused on strategies to use naturally occurring rural assets. Nine workshops are summarized, covering integration of health care with rural service delivery, child care and community inclusion for young children, vocational rehabilitation, aging in rural areas, issues in rural independent living, developing local support groups for rural independent living, parenting education to prevent child abuse and preserve families, community development and advocacy, and community and human development in the rural context. Five facilitators synthesized a blueprint for action that focuses on making personal connections between the disabled and nondisabled in the community and building support from diverse community groups. A final section summarizes a preconference forum "Choosing Inclusion: Consumer-Driven Supported Employment." Forum workshops covered diversified funding strategies, training and technical assistance for supported employment, and cross-cultural services for American Indians with disabilities. Six programs receiving awards for "best practices in rural independent living" are profiled. (SV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Advocacy, Community Programs, Community Relations, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Human Services, Independent Living, Normalization (Disabilities), Rural Areas, Social Integration, Social Support Groups, Supported Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation
Common Threads Proceedings, Rural Institute on Disabilities, 52 Corbin, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812 ($15).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.; Rehabilitation Services Administration (ED), Washington, DC.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Montana Univ. Affiliated Rural Inst., Missoula.
Note: For two individual papers, see RC 019 438-439.