Councils have tools available to estimate the number of Scouts with disabilities they serve. Three Fires and Erie Shores Councils have conducted surveys over the past few years to quantify and understand the breakdown of Scouts with disabilities within traditional and special needs units. This information helps the council Disabilities Awareness Committees improve service and support the Scouts, parents and volunteers. A one-page survey was included in the re-charter packets for each unit within each district of the councils. Specific objectives include:
- Identify the various disabilities represented within the council’s membership.
- Determine the need to target specific training events by district or council.
- Understand the breakdown of different disabilities within each district.
- Determine how the committee may provide support and/or resources to individuals, units or districts.