CODI: Cornucopia of Disability Information

Cornucopia of Disability Information

Introduction

The Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR), in conjunction with the Region VIII Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program, began in early 1994 a process of researching and compiling data on Native American Rehabilitation Section 130 projects across America. This study was undertaken to provide functional information for rehabilitation counselors, administrators, tribal governments, tribal colleges, Indian Health Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Federal government.

This monograph establishes an information data base that serves dual purposes. First, the monograph, by including more than the standard data usually found in directories, provides information to key stakeholders and policy makers about the unique diversity of rehabilitation projects now in place on the reservations across America. Secondly, the monograph showcases exemplary Section 130 projects.

The initial focus of the study in early 1994 was on agencies that were current members of CANAR, primarily representing Region Vlil, which includes Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. This past year, however, CANAR expanded to include projects throughout the country, giving the consortia national membership. To this end, the study was expanded to include new consortia members. With the expansion of the study, experts from other regions of the country were utilized to assist in the development of the monograph.

The methodology for data collection was jointly developed to reflect the uniqueness of each project and the people served. Consistent with the selected methodology, personal interviews and phone follow-up calls were conducted with all 130 Projects, twenty-two in all. In addition, a list of ten questions was developed and distributed to the targeted Section 130 Projects for written response. Just as qualitative questions about services to individuals with disabilities have been successfully utilized in other research, that approach was replicated in this effort. The questions were divided into two sections, one addressing descriptive information about the people, history, and geography and the second including more qualitative information about the program and services offered by the projects. This monograph reflects the compilation of the data collected from these varied sources.

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