ERIC Number: ED415052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Community Needs Assessments for the Texas Metropolitan Areas of Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston: A Follow-up Study. Final Report.
Schacht, Robert M.; Vanderbilt, Rebecca
This report summarizes the results of a needs assessment of American Indians with disabilities living in the Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth (Texas) metropolitan areas. In 1996, 97 American Indians with disabilities were interviewed, and results were compared with those of a similar needs assessment conducted in 1992; 21 of the interviewees had participated in the earlier study. Demographic questions covered county of residence, sex, age, length of Texas residence, language usage, status of reservation or allotment area as home, tribal affiliation, tribal membership, marital status, education level, and income. Respondents then described their disabilities or chronic physical and medical conditions, assistive devices they needed, functional limitations they experienced, services they had received in the past year, services needed but not received, and barriers to receiving services. Important consumer concerns were then discussed. In Dallas-Fort Worth, the four greatest needs (20-36 percent of respondents) were for dental care, vision and eye care, housing, and medical care; in the prior study, the four greatest needs had been dental care, job-related services, housing, and clothing. The need for services was greater in Houston, where the greatest needs (26-43 percent of respondents) were vision and eye care, dental care, learning about services, and housing. Between the previous and the current study, consumer concerns had diminished in severity in Dallas-Fort Worth and remained about the same in Houston. Appendices describe the Texas Rehabilitation Commission's American Indian Project and contain a statement of Joellen Hores Simmons, Deputy Commissioner, Texas Rehabilitation Commission, April 24 and 29, 1996. Includes 23 data tables. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.
Identifiers - Location: Texas (Dallas); Texas (Fort Worth); Texas (Houston)