ERIC Number: ED177287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Physical Accessibility of Public Supported Vocational Schools for Handicapped Students.
Associated Educational Consultants, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.
A study was conducted to (1) identify what structural changes need to be made to existing buildings in order to make vocational programs accessible to handicapped persons in Pennsylvania and (2) determine the costs of making required structural modifications. Ten persons who were either handicapped or who were associated with programs designed for handicapped were interviewed to develop a checklist to be used by the evaluators when conducting on-site visits. The checklist consisted of a list of fifteen physical barriers for handicapped students. Site visits were conducted to seventy-eight area vocational technical schools, sixteen comprehensive high schools, and fifteen community colleges. Among the findings was that none of the schools was in full compliance with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In order to make all vocational programs accessible to handicapped persons, it is estimated that the total cost for needed modifications is $2,562,921.00 in area vocational technical schools, $499,468.00 in community colleges, and $834,550.00 in twelve comprehensive high schools. (Tables showing items at each school not in compliance with American National Standards Institute standards and estimated costs for modifications are provided. The accessibility checklist is appended.) (LRA)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Building Conversion, Community Colleges, Cost Estimates, Educational Facilities, Facility Improvement, Facility Requirements, Handicapped Students, Physical Disabilities, Postsecondary Education, Research Reports, Secondary Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Associated Educational Consultants, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; Rehabilitation Act 1973
Note: Appendix D--"Specifications for Making Buildings and Facilities Accessible to, and Usable by, the Physically Handicapped"--which was removed for copyright reasons, is available from American National Standards Institute, Inc., 1430 Broadway, New York, NY 10018 (ANSI A117.1-1961, $2.75)