Self-Advocacy Preparation of Consumers with Disabilities: A National Perspective of ADA Training Efforts

Pamela S. Wolfe, Nicole S. Ofiesh, Rosalie B. Boone

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Abstract

To understand efforts of Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities (MHMR/DD) agencies to prepare clients with disabilities to assert their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), MHMR/DD personnel in 50 states responded to questions about self-advocacy needs of clients, nature of agency training in ADA self-advocacy, success of training strategies, barriers to client training, and perceived impact of the ADA. Respondents believe MHMR/DD clients need training in advocacy-related skills. They cite a number of barriers to client self-advocacy preparation. Respondents see minimal impact of the ADA on the lives of agency clients; however, they are optimistic that future impact will be significant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-87
Number of pages7
JournalResearch and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
Volume21
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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