ERIC Number: ED221691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Comprehensive Vocational Program for Deaf Adults. Final Report, 1981-1982.
Honig, Jan; Jonas, Judy
The Vocational Assessment Project for the Deaf tested the vocational interests, skills, and abilities of deaf adults in New Jersey so that accurate recommendations for vocational training and employment could be made. The work samples and psychometric tests, while similar to those used for the adult population at large, were specifically chosen and purchased for use with the adult deaf since they do not rely on hearing. The tests were administered by a skilled evaluator, fluent in sign language. This project has served as a vocational assessment model for the state, evaluating 51 clients from six counties. An additional 15 persons were assisted in training, retraining, or employment pursuits. This project has provided an important link in service delivery for deaf adults as shown by the variety of referrals from community agencies, with more than 60 percent of the clients referred by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The second focus of the project was to do job counseling and job placement services for those deaf adults who were considered ready to work or to enter training programs. Clients were assisted in telephone contacts with potential employers, and a staff member acted as interpreter during job interviews and initial job placement. This process resulted in the successful placement of 75 percent of the clients in either training programs or actual employment. This one-on-one personalized follow-through and assistance, to a person with communication barriers, is often the necessary feature that makes the difference between employment and unemployment. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adults, Career Counseling, Deafness, Employment Interviews, Employment Programs, Evaluation Methods, Job Placement, Job Training, Measurement Techniques, Occupational Tests, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Vocational Aptitude, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Vocational Education and Career Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Fair Lawn Community School, NJ.
Identifiers: New Jersey