ERIC Number: ED233543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Options for Deaf-Blind Youth Through Community-Based Training. Project ADVANCE.
McGinnity, Betsy L.
Project ADVANCE currently provides vocational training to 26 deaf-blind adolescents and young adults attending Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. The project has developed community work sites in four different vocational options: (1) competitive employment, (2) a student operated small business, (3) sheltered enclave within industry, and (4) sheltered employment. Students progress from instruction in job tasks and work behavior to a gradual phasing out of the teacher's supervisory role with employers assuming the supervision. Competitive positions include food preparers, bakers' assistants, and laundry workers. The student operated business provides janitorial services, while the sheltered enclave within industry is an industrial bakery. The sheltered employment setting is a workshop/work activity program in which students participate for 4-8 hours per week. The project emphasizes such necessary student work behaviors as problem solving and conflict resolution, while also helping employees and employers deal with the deaf-blind person. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project ADVANCE
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Deficiency (107th, Dallas, TX, May 29-June 2, 1983).