McDonald, Rosemary Christine (1980) The establishment of a provincial information and referral service for physically disabled people. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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The purpose of this project was to describe the initiation of an information and referral service (I&RS) for physically disabled people in Newfoundland and Labrador. The service focused on providing links between the client in need of information or a service with resources to meet that need. The necessity for such an I&RS was documented by theses, national studies, and a provincial survey. -- The service was initiated in two phases as follows: Phase I, covering eleven steps from the decision to establish the I&RS through assessment of service requirements, decisions on storage, retrieval, funding, personnel and forms, to the collection, processing and updating of the information; Phase II, covering three steps from this establishment of client contacts, announcement of the I&RS and finally, the design of a public relations program. -- The review of the literature presented: an historical perspective of I&RS's; a Canadian perspective of I&RS's; a Newfoundland and Labrador perspective of I&RS’s; and a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of four distinct types of I&RS's. The appendices contained: support documentation; lists of services, foundations, resource contacts, media contacts; a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of ten classification systems; instruction manuals for McBee system; grant application forms and letters; job descriptions; a floor plan; copies of all forms, letters, questionnaires, press releases; and a sample card. -- Three general recommendations were made: (1) that the I&RS advocate the provision of services to fill identified gaps; (2) that permanent funding be obtained for the I&RS; and (3) that two additional information services be established. -- A number of more specific recommendations were also detailed.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Masters)|
|Additional Information:||Bibliography: leaves -68. -- Pages 86-123 have been deleted from the library copies of this thesis. Permission must be obtained from the individuals listed to use their names. -- Previously copyrighted material in Appendix G, leaves 137-139 not microfilmed.|
|Department(s):||Education, Faculty of|
|Geographic Location:||Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador|
|Library of Congress Subject Heading:||People with disabilities--Services for--Newfoundland and Labrador; Information services--Newfoundland and Labrador; People with disabilities--Newfoundland and Labrador|
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