ERIC Number: ED409152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Independent Living Outcomes for American Indians with Disabilities: A Needs Assessment of American Indians with Disabilities in Northwest New Mexico--Cibola and McKinley Counties.
Sanderson, Priscilla Lansing; And Others
Interviews were conducted with 32 American Indians with disabilities in Cibola, McKinley, and San Juan counties, New Mexico. The study sought to identify the needs of northwest New Mexico American Indians with disabilities with regard to independently carrying out daily living activities. With an average age of 49, interviewees frequently reported blindness, hearing impairments, and hypertension as disabling conditions. The most numerous tribal affiliation was Navajo (75 percent), followed by Zuni and Laguna. Interviewees described their experiences with services needed and received in the past year. A lack of knowledge about services was one of the most common barriers to receiving services. Of 32 responses regarding personal assistance services, 23 interviewees indicated that someone, usually a family member, assisted them with daily activities. Interviewees' most important concerns were service providers' involvement of family members and extended family members in rehabilitation services, the need to feel safe in home and neighborhood, the desire for the Indian community to understand its disabled members' needs, and the need for information about legal rights and self-advocacy. Two community meetings were held to review preliminary findings. Community concerns included funding needs of community-based consumers and service providers, access to cultural activities, and lack of action by tribal leaders. Includes recommendations to state and tribal agencies and the interview instrument. (Author/SV)
Descriptors: American Indians, Disabilities, Human Services, Independent Living, Interviews, Navajo (Nation), Needs, Needs Assessment, Pueblo (People), Rehabilitation
American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development, P.O. Box 5630, Flagstaff, AZ 86011 ($5).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.