ERIC Number: ED420123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Report on Results of Focus Groups Conducted with People with Disabilities.
Maine State Dept. of Human Services, Augusta. Bureau of Health.
This report describes results of six focus groups of people with disabilities convened by the Maine Bureau of Health to determine the feelings, attitudes, and experiences of this population. Four groups were comprised of adults ranging in age from the early twenties to the late seventies; two groups were comprised of adolescents and young adults. The groups also included family members and staff of agencies serving people with disabilities. Among the disabilities represented were spinal cord injury, vision impairment, developmental disability, deafness, mental illness, learning disability, arthritis, diabetes, seizure disorder, traumatic brain injury, chronic fatigue syndrome, and kidney disease. Major findings included: health providers were seen as either great assets or great hindrances to living well with a disability; participants acknowledged the importance of their own attitudes to their quality of life. Recurrent themes included: the need to be listened to, the importance of family and friends, the need for economic security, major problems with the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the need for health insurance, and desires for the same things other people want. Of particular interest to those in the education field are the difficulties many children with disabilities face attending school. Appended are summaries of points made at each of the six groups. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Attitudes, Disabilities, Family Involvement, Focus Groups, Needs Assessment, Quality of Life, Social Services, Staff Role, Young Adults
Maine Department of Human Services, Bureau of Health, 11 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333; telephone: 207-287-3311.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS), Atlanta, GA.
Authoring Institution: Maine State Dept. of Human Services, Augusta. Bureau of Health.
Identifiers - Location: Maine
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990