ERIC Number: ED214718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Project REACH. A Rural Education Approach in a Consortium for Handicapped: A Comprehensive Service Model. 1980-1981, Final Evaluation Report.
Lorimer, Dale, Comp.
Project REACH (Rural Education Approach in a Consortium for Handicapped) was designed as a model program to demonstrate methods of service for mildly, moderately, and severely handicapped children located in 14 school district areas in 5 counties of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado from October 1978 through June 1981. The main emphasis was on serving the severely handicapped in rural areas where adequate programs designed to meet their need seldom exist. The model had a 3-part thrust: service, education, and interagency cooperation. Of the 168 children in the area identified as needing supplementary services, 136 had been served by the end of the project. While parent group involvement did not prove practical, the most effective activities reached individual families on a one-to-one basis. REACH was directly involved with integration of children from a community center to either transitional or regular classrooms in 6 of the 14 districts; service was provided for handicapped children in the existing population in the remaining 8 districts. Students and staff members were given integration inservice prior to receiving mentally retarded or Cerebral Palsy students. Project REACH continued to coordinate referrals to various state and local agencies. Approximately 700 people attended various community workshops conducted by REACH from 1979 to 1981. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: San Luis Valley Board of Cooperative Services, Alamosa, CO.
Identifiers: Colorado; Project REACH CO