ERIC Number: ED475044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Improving Employment Outcomes among American Indians through Assistive Technology: A Preliminary Study. Final Report.
Schacht, Robert M.; Gahungu, Athanase; Gallagher, Larry
This report discusses a project that compared the rate of use of assistive technology (AT) services and devices by American Indians and Alaska Natives with that of other ethnically diverse groups, identified barriers, and examined consumer satisfaction regarding AT. The project drew on four sources of data: the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) 1998 national RSA-911 annual reports and the 1994-95 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS); questionnaires sent to American Indians who had used or were in need of AT; and participants in an on-line assistive technology course. Based on data from the 1998 RSA-911 reports, American Indians and Alaska Natives participating in vocational rehabilitation programs used AT devices at lower rates than Whites and Asians but at higher rates than Blacks, and received AT services at lower rates than other races. Based on the NHIS data, American Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts used mobility devices and braces at higher rates than other races; however, they used hearing aids at significantly lower rates than Whites. Responses from 15 American Indians and Alaska Natives indicated traditional information dissemination strategies on AT were ineffective in reaching these populations. In addition, respondents believed financial concerns compromised the affordability and availability of AT services. (Contains 45 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Assistive Technology, Disabilities, Employment, Hearing Aids, Information Dissemination, Mobility Aids, Participant Satisfaction, Racial Differences, Socioeconomic Influences, Use Studies, User Needs (Information), Vocational Rehabilitation
American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Institute for Human Development, Arizona University Center on Disabilities, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 5630, Flagstaff, AZ 86011. Tel: 928-523-4791; Tel: 928-523-1695 (TDD); Fax: 928-523-9127; Web site: http://www.nau.edu/~ihd/airrtc.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.