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ERIC Number: ED412664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
How Do Consumers Get Information They Can Use?
Research Exchange, v2 n4 1997
This newsletter issue focuses on how consumers with disabilities find and access information. The importance of dissemination of research findings to consumers is stressed in a statement by John D. Westbrook, Director of the National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR). The first article suggests that often research results are available but are not widely accessible to critical groups, including people with disabilities and their families, advocates, and direct service providers. It notes the lack of research on this issue and introduces a survey by the NCDDR of consumers associated with a national network of independent living organizations. The following article describes the survey process, which resulted in a total of 1,170 consumer surveys from 380 organizations in all 50 states. The preliminary findings are reported in tabular format and text for the survey's five major questions. Most consumers identified popular media as a primary source of information; two-thirds preferred "regular print" as the desired format; and a great majority never used the Internet. Although three-fourths of consumers responded that information from disability research was useful to them, less than half reported that they knew how to find this information. (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Consumer Education, Disabilities, Independent Living, Information Dissemination, Information Literacy, Information Seeking, Internet, Mass Media, National Surveys, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, User Needs (Information)
Electronic version: http://www.ncddr.org/
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, Tex.