Disability Needs Assessment Survey Now Available from the Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community1/16/2009
The Survey Results Will Be Used To Help the Lehigh Valley Become More Disability Friendly
January 16, 2009
Allentown, PA - Gathering information on the most critical unmet needs of people with disabilities in the Lehigh Valley region is the goal of a survey that will be available to people with disabilities (and their family members and caregivers) from January 19 through March 31. The survey is available online in English and Spanish at www.lehighvalleyresearch.org/disability_study. The Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community is overseeing the survey.
Those with a disability of any type (physical, mental, developmental or a chronic illness) are invited to fill out the survey, which is being administered by the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium. The survey questions may also be answered by a family member of caregiver of a person with a disability. There is no cost to participate in the survey, and participants may remain anonymous.
In addition to the survey being online, it is available in print, large print and Braille upon request. To receive a copy of the survey via the mail or with questions about the survey, contact Lanethea Mathews-Gardner at email@example.com or call 484-664-3737.
The Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community includes more than 100 business, civic, religious and social service leaders, who have joined forces to make the Lehigh Valley region more disability friendly. Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network based in Allentown is the Partnership member that commissioned the survey.
The survey is the first step in a plan by the Partnership to create positive change for people with disabilities in the Lehigh Valley region. The Partnership also plans to conduct focus groups, with all preliminary research completed by summer 2009.
The research results will identify the most important issues facing people with disabilities and will highlight opportunities for change. The Partnership will use the information gathered to formulate preliminary recommendations for action planning.
The Lehigh Valley Research Consortium is a regional research collaboration of faculty from the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges.
For more information about the Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community, contact Cynthia Lambert, Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, at 610-776-3323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.