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During the second week of December 1991, the Indian Health Service (IHS) sponsored a Roundtable conference entitled, ""Disabilities and Their Effects on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Communities."" The goal of the roundtable was to bring together a group of informed professionals to discuss and analyze Indian disabilities issues and to suggest in written form ways in which the IHS can improve its services to the disabled in Indian country. This report is a final record and assessment of the Roundtable proceedings and should serve as a resource for those who provide services to the disabled in Indian country. The report begins with background information followed by sections defining and identifying problems that probe community awareness issues; public policy issues; prevention/health promotion and intervention issues; and available services. The final substantive section of the report, entitled, ""Consensus Statements and Recommendations,"" explores the IHS definition of disability.

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Indian Health Service, Staff Office of Planning, Evaluation and Research, Rockville, MD 20857 (RT-05).