ERIC Number: ED409155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Utilization of the Family as a Resource in American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Projects (Section 130 Projects). Final Report.
Marshall, Catherine A.; Johnson, Mikel
Surveys of tribal program directors and staff examined the extent to which American Indian vocational rehabilitation (VR) (Section-130) projects used the family and other natural support systems to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services to transition age adolescents and adults with disabilities. Responses were received from directors of 18 of 22 Section-130 projects existing in 1994 and from 36 staff members working in 15 tribal VR projects. The director survey found that 40 percent of projects were administered by tribal departments of education, 90 percent of directors encouraged family involvement, projects served an average of 82 clients per year, and the most common disabling condition (40 percent) was alcohol or substance abuse. The median unemployment rate was 49 percent, and employment opportunities were concentrated in service areas. Among staff respondents, 83 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native. A third of the staff had worked in VR for less than 1 year, and none was a certified rehabilitation counselor. Direct services staff saw an average of 36 clients. The top three family-related services reported were transportation services, home visitation, and information about the disabling condition. Barriers to family involvement included lack of transportation, lack of knowledge about the VR process, and lack of time. Directors were much more likely than staff to support statements about institutional capacity for family involvement. Identified needs included increased funding, more outreach staff, greater space allotment in facilities, and staff and family training. Contains 21 references. Appendices include survey instruments. (SV)
Descriptors: American Indians, Community Services, Disabilities, Family Involvement, Program Attitudes, Rehabilitation Programs, Reservation American Indians, Social Support Groups, Surveys, Vocational Rehabilitation
American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development, P.O. Box 5630, Flagstaff, AZ 86011 ($9).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; 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.