Dunst, C., & Bruner, M. (2002). Valued outcomes of service coordination,
early intervention, and natural environments. Exceptional Children,
A national survey of Part C early intervention program providers
and participants was used to discern the desired outcomes of service
coordination, early intervention, and natural environment practices.
Survey participants judged from among 69 indicators those that they
considered to be the most valued benefits of each Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C service. Family satisfaction
and improved quality of life were considered to be valued outcomes
in all three categories. Implications for practice and research
Freedman, R., & Boyer, N. (2000). The power to choose: Supports
for families caring for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Health and Social Work, 25(1), 56-68.
In an exploratory study of family support services in Massachusetts,
three focus groups were convened to obtain the perspectives of parents
caring for individuals with developmental disabilities living at
home. The article summarized key themes that emerged from the group
discussions: The effect of family supports on family life, flexibility
of supports, barriers, unmet needs, and recommendations for change.
Social workers and health care professionals can enhance the well-being
of people with developmental disabilities and their families by
addressing the needs of the entire family, facilitating family choice
and control of supports, and helping families navigate the complex
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