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ERIC Number: ED414136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Attitudes and Perceptions concerning Persons with Disabilities: Potential for Growth.
Herbert, James T.
In April 1996 survey examined issues that many educators face when facilitating outdoor adventure programs that include persons with disabilities. The survey was returned by 176 of the 487 program directors listed in the 1992 Directory of Experiential Therapy and Adventure-Based Counseling Programs. The great majority of respondents were persons of White, European descent without disabilities. A similar survey was distributed to a staff member randomly selected by each director. Major findings from directors' responses were: 1) programs were accessible and staff attitudes were generally positive toward persons with disabilities; 2) program accommodations for persons with emotional disabilities were easier to implement than those for physical or cognitive impairments; and 3) staff training and consultation on disability issues could be improved. Staff members' responses were generally consistent with directors' assessments. However, staff members expressed some unique preferences with regard to specific disability groups and specific concerns as to staff competencies in meeting the needs of persons with disabilities. Implications for professional practice are discussed. Contains 15 references. (Author/TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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