This report presents results of a 1992 conference on the unique needs of minorities with disabilities. Major recommendations include: increased coordination of government policies and programs for this population; authorization of targeted research on minorities with disabilities; outreach efforts to ensure participation by minorities with disabilities; development of a data set sufficient to assess the incidence and prevalence of disabilities; and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Also included are findings of a 1992 public hearing on how minorities with disabilities are faring under the ADA. Summaries of commissioned papers presented at the conference are also provided. Papers are as follows: (1) "Introduction: Minorities with Disabilities" (Paul Leung and Tennyson J. Wright); (2) "Educational Needs of Minorities with Disabilities" (Frederick D. Bedell); (3) "The Vocational Rehabilitation of Minorities" (Frank L. Giles); (4) "Employment of Minorities with Disabilities" (Alyce Earl Jenkins); (5) "Empowerment of Minorities with Disabilities" (Eva P. Britt); (6) "Mental Health and Minorities: Emerging Issues" (Timothy Summers); (7) "Prevention of Primary and Secondary Disabilities" (Julie Clay); (8) "Minorities, Physical Health and Disability" (Anita Leal); (9) "Substance Abuse and Disabilities among Minorities" (James G. Brown); and (10) "Research Needs Related to Minorities with Disabilities" (Paul Leung). Appendices include the conference program, list of conference participants, the ADA Watch Hearing agenda, and biographies of National Council personnel. (DB)
The report is a summary of the proceedings of the Conference on Minorities with Disabilities (Jackson, MS, May 6-7, 1992); and a public hearing on how minorities with disabilities are faring under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (October 21, 1992).