ERIC Number: ED436046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Disability Organization's Perspectives on the Needs of Youth with Disabilities Who Are Runaway or Homeless.
Temelini, David; Fesko, Sheila
Research to Practice, v4 n2 Apr 1998
This study surveyed 202 state-level disability organizations concerning their capacity, policy, and practices for working with youth with disabilities who are homeless, runaway, or at risk for running away. Major findings indicated: (1) limited awareness existed of the relationship between disabilities and runaway and homeless youth; (2) only 26 percent of respondents had developed programs or policies to address this issue; (3) although respondents identified these issues as a major need area, they reported limited training in the area of youth at risk for becoming runaway or homeless; (4) despite a strong presence of adolescent individuals with disabilities in emergency service provider caseloads, relationships between these agencies and state-level disability organizations are limited. Findings suggest the need for disability organizations and adolescent emergency service providers to build relationships and for state policies to address the identification of youth at risk for running away or becoming homeless and provide a support structure to meet their needs. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agencies, Agency Cooperation, At Risk Persons, Disabilities, Disadvantaged Youth, Homeless People, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Organizations (Groups), Policy Formation, Research and Development, Runaways, Theory Practice Relationship
Institute for Community Inclusion (UAP), Research and Training Center on Promoting Employment, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115. Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.