ERIC Number: ED409698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Responding to the Needs of Youth with Disabilities Who Are Runaway or Homeless. Research [to] Practice, January 1997.
Temelini, David; Fesko, Sheila
This newsletter issue discusses the results of a survey of 242 Family and Youth Service Bureau agencies that investigated the number of youth (ages 16-21) with disabilities served, and the incidence of and response to youth who did not have an identified disability, but whom staff may have suspected had an underlying learning, emotional, or other developmental problem. Results found that 94 percent of the agencies reported having served youth with an identified disability and approximately one quarter of the total number served were youth with an identified disability. Ninety-three percent of the agencies provided services for youth with a suspected disability. Agency staff reported a variety of behavioral indicators used to identify individuals with possible disabilities, including difficulties with interpersonal relationships, difficulties following through on tasks, problems with multi-step instructions, mood swings, and inclinations towards aggressive behavior and hyperactivity. A majority of agency respondents felt concerned that their staff did not have the skills to work with these youth. Two-thirds of the agencies made program modifications to address the needs of youth with disabilities. A list of recommendations are provided for responding to the needs of youth with disabilities who are runaways, homeless, or at-risk for running away. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.; Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc., Boston, MA.