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ERIC Number: ED400633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Pages: 84
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Exploratory Study of Barriers in Birth to Three Services: Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs in Washington State Public Programs.
Lonner, Thomas; And Others
This study examined barriers to utilizing services for children, birth to age 3, through in-depth individual and group interviews with 70 parents and direct service personnel of provider agencies in seven Washington counties. Part 1 of this report offers examples and discussion of the difficulties parents have accessing services and how localities try to improve their services. Part 2 explores the specific experiences of parents from special populations, including rural or urban locations, poor, Hispanic Migrant, American Indian, or military. Among findings were the following: (1) the presence of a moderately to severely disabled infant or toddler challenges every aspect of a family's life; (2) the array of early intervention services is perceived as a patchwork of pieces or as a maze in which it is possible to "fall between the cracks"; (3) accessibility is a more major issue than availability of services; (4) Interim Family Resources Coordinators are seen as useful intermediaries; (5) parents need the support of other similar parents; (6) existing services are not adequately family-centered; (7) local efforts at better coordination of services cannot overcome basic system problems; and (8) parents fear health care reform, at both the state and federal levels. An appendix provides additional information on the study's methodology. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia. Office of Research and Data Analysis.
Identifiers - Location: Washington