ERIC Number: ED406467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Special Needs of Asian Americans with Developmental Disabilities in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
Choi, Keum-Hyeong; Wynne, Martha Ellen
This study aims to understand the special needs of Asian Americans with developmental disabilities living in the Chicago (Illinois) metropolitan area. Findings are intended to help service delivery systems meet the needs of this population through culturally effective services. The study acknowledges that there are differences among Asian ethnic subcultures, but assumes that the common aspects of Asian cultures allow a general understanding of the needs of Asian Americans with developmental disabilities. Background information on Asian Americans in the Chicago area is supplemented by a survey of mainstream social service providers, which was completed by representatives of 44 agencies. Thirty-two of these agencies reported serving Asian Americans with developmental disabilities. A survey of 37 ethnic community agencies and organizations serving Asian Americans was completed by 11 agencies. It was estimated that about 2,277 Asian Americans in the Chicago area might have mental retardation, but the number reported as being served was dramatically smaller, at about 117. Mainstream service agencies were more likely to serve more disabled and younger clients. Language-appropriate and culturally sensitive services are clearly needed for this population, and outreach and information dissemination activities are necessities if Asian Americans with developmental disabilities are to receive needed services. Seven appendixes contain surveys, forms, and letters. (Contains 5 tables and 20 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Asian Human Services of Chicago, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois