ERIC Number: ED176489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Follow-Up Study of the Visually Impaired 1976. Monograph No. 5: Program Accountability in Special Education.
Cook, J. J.
To provide feedback on program for the visually impaired in the State of Wisconsin, a followup study was done on 98 persons who had been enrolled in such programs and who had been out of school for a period of 3 to 13 years. The study focused on adaptation, and was concerned with many facets of everyday living, including such things as academic achievement, types of occupations, physical mobility, difficulties in obtaining employment or promotions, use of vocational rehabilitation and other social services, attitudes toward educational and work expereinces, and social and community participation. Among the findings were that 57.1% of the Ss were single, 41.8% married, and 1.0% divorced; that 76 Ss did not have additional handicaps; and that more of the older Ss depended upon wages and spouse as a source of income, while significantly more of the younger Ss were dependent on their parents. Frequent comments by Ss emphasized such things as the inadequacies in curriculum offerings; the desire for more opportunity to interact socially and academically with sighted persons; the desire for less emphasis on music, particularly for those lacking talent in this area; and the desire for more vocational counseling and training with respect to job opportunities and strategies of job seeking. (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.