ERIC Number: ED026770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
[Development of an Occupational Training Center for the Mentally Retarded.] Final Project Report.
Hastbacka, Edwin A.
The Occupational Training Center prepared mentally retarded young adults (over age 15, IQ range 30 to 70, average IQ 55) who were beyond regular schooling for competitive employment. The training program consisted of 60 to 90 mentally and multiply handicapped students per year (35 at a time) and used subcontracts from local businesses. The retardate's initiative or ambition was found to be the most important factor for predicting future job success and the most important person to work with to insure permanency after job placement was the shop foreman. Followup indicated that over 100 who were employed in a 4-year span have been working from 30 days to 3 years and earn $1.25 to $2.75 per hour, a permanent employment rate of 50%. Aspects of the Comprehensive Care Center are described: the Occupational Training Center, a nursery for public school preparation, a day care program, a prolonged employment shop, and social development and recreational programs for all groups. Guidelines for administrative planning and duties are included. (SN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Community Programs, Employee Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, Exceptional Child Research, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation, Multiple Disabilities, Prediction, Program Development, Sheltered Workshops, Vocational Followup, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Vocational Rehabilitation Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Worcester Area Occupational Training Center for the Mentally Retarded, MA.