ERIC Number: ED440494
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Youth with Disabilities Who Are Runaways and/or Homeless: Responding to the Need.
Fesko, Sheila Lynch; Graham, Steven; Temelini, David
This document reports on two studies by the Bridges to Inclusion project concerning issues surrounding runaway and/or homeless youth with disabilities. The first study surveyed emergency adolescent shelter providers funded by the Family and Youth Service Bureau. Findings addressed types of disabilities frequently identified or suspected in homeless and runaway youth, challenges in serving these youth, strategies utilized, staff training needs, and staff responses to working with this population. The second survey focused on the perspectives of a variety of disability organizations (N=202) on this issue. Findings addressed programs and policy, staff training needs, and potential for collaboration. Both studies found that neither the emergency adolescent shelter system nor the disability organizations are well designed to meet the needs of these youth, who may fall between the cracks and receive no services from either system. It is critical that both the disability support network and adolescent emergency service providers build relationships with each other and share resources. Implications are discussed in terms of program modifications to increase effectiveness, changes in their interventions and expectations from youth, and expansion of the outside resources used for support. The two surveys are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Disabilities, Eligibility, Emergency Programs, Homeless People, Human Services, Integrated Services, Intervention, Needs Assessment, Runaways, Social Services, Surveys
Institute for Community Inclusion (UAP), Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115. Tel: 617-355-6506; Tel: 617-355-6956 (TTY); Fax: 617-355-7940; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.childrenshospital.org/ici.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.