ERIC Number: ED423646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-9
Reference Count: N/A
Research to Practice: Using Research in Native American Communities To Improve Policies and Practices Related To Educating Adolescents Who Are Disabled.
O'Connell, Joanne Curry
This conference paper describes demographics of the Native American population, their disability rate, and their utilization of rehabilitation services. Findings indicate that: (1) in 1980, almost half of the American Indian population was under 20 years of age and that the birthrate among American Indians was twice that of other groups; (2) in 1980, over half of American Indian households on reservations had no telephone, while 20 percent of households had no transportation, and 16 percent lacked electricity; (3) the level of educational attainment was significantly lower than the general population; (4) the death rate among American Indians was 1.5 times or more the death rate for all races; (5) sensory impairments, identified as eye and ear conditions, were disproportionately high among American Indians; (6) American Indians exhibited health-related problems at earlier ages than individuals from the general U.S. population; (7) for American Indian children with disabilities, the largest group of problems were learning disabilities; (8) American Indian rehabilitation clients had a greater number of dependents, less income, and a lower educational level than other clients; and (9) significantly more American Indians were treated for alcohol and drug abuse in the rehabilitative system of services than was the general population. Charts illustrate statistical findings. (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.