ERIC Number: ED119428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Life Skills for the Developmentally Disabled: An Approach to Accountability in Deinstitutionalization. Volume I: Project Summary and Evaluation Report. July 1, 1974-July 30, 1975.
Hawkins, Donald E.; Folsom, Geneva S.
Presented in the first of three volumes is a summary and evaluation of the Life Skills for the Developmentally Disabled Project which was designed to prevent inappropriate institutional placement and to assist in deinstitutionalization of individuals in Forest Haven, the District of Columbia's Center for the developmentally disabled. It is explained that the project emphasized improved utilization of staff in teaching those life skills needed for survival in the community. Described are progress and accomplishments regarding the following five objectives: (1) development of a problem-oriented record keeping system to establish accountability for meeting client needs as assessed through the Adaptive Behavior Scale; (2) development and testing of life skill objectives and learning activities; (3) development and testing of a training workshop model to teach staff to use a life skills approach; (4) development of a training manual and plan designed to facilitate the replication of the life experience approach; and (5) development of task forces to encourage cooperative efforts between the Life Skills Project and a corollary Virginia project. Among project findings are that the Problem-Oriented-Record system was instituted for 125 clients, and that the life skills approach provided systematic and formalized curriculum for the participating clients. Approximately one-half of the document is comprised of 14 appendixes, including six D.C. governmental plans related to developmental disabilities. (CL)
Descriptors: Accountability, Daily Living Skills, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Developmental Disabilities, Exceptional Child Research, Handicapped Children, Institutes (Training Programs), Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Recordkeeping, Residential Programs, Staff Development, Staff Role, Workshops
Dr. Geneva S. Folsom, The George Washington Univ., Div. of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2300 Eye St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037 (Training Materials, prices vary)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Developmental Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Medicine.
Note: For other documents in this series, see EC 081 559