Summary of Objectives
The overall goal of the project was to enhance communication between the developmental disabilities field and the literacy field in order to provide more effective literacy services to people with developmental disabilities. To that end, the following seven objectives were developed:
'To establish a focus group(s) in order to promote ongoing and open dialogue between the two service sectors.'
One of the first tasks of the project coordinator was to become familiar with the stakeholders and some of the key issues that were of concern to practitioners in the tri-county region (Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, and Sarnia-Lambton). Once an individualized survey (Appendix A) of a number of the stakeholders was completed, the data collected was next used to facilitate the two focus groups.
In order to preserve confidentiality and to ensure that participants felt free to speak openly and candidly, separate focus group meetings were held with the stakeholders in the tri-county region representing both literacy and community organizations currently supporting adults with developmental disabilities. Appendix B contains a copy of visual materials used to stimulate initial discussion and explore each group's perceptions of the other sector. The results of these discussions and the concerns raised are also summarized in the same document.
Although the actual number of people participating was low (seven from developmental services and four from literacy), there appeared to be good interaction within each focus group. However, having each group meet separately did not generate much data that could be acted upon.
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