ERIC Number: ED246234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Community College Linkages: Impact of the DAVTE Special Needs Addendum on the Delivery of Support Services at the Community College.
Piland, William E.
A study was conducted to determine the manner in which special needs services were organized in all 39 community college districts of Illinois, the types of services offered, the coordinator's informational needs regarding services offered, and the types of post-college transitional services offered to special needs students. The study was conducted through telephone interviews with special needs coordinators of 38 of the 39 colleges. The results of the study indicated that special needs services are usually under the direction of a full-time mid-level college administrator who has duties in other areas. Types of services offered by the community colleges include traditional support services, course alternatives, and equipment-related resources. Most coordinators expressed a desire for more information about all possible services such as adaptive coursework, diagnostic testing, and radio, television, or telephone courses for the homebound, along with additional information on personal assistance. The study also found that relatively few colleges offered specialized transitional planning and job placement services to special needs students beyond those provided to all students, but that the colleges appeared to respond to the transitional needs of special needs students on an individual basis. Recommendations stemming from the study included hiring full-time special needs coordinators at each college and providing them with inservice training, providing more special needs services, and conducting an assessment to determine the need for school-to-work transition services.
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Community Colleges, Disabilities, Disadvantaged, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Educational Administration, Educational Needs, Educational Resources, Educationally Disadvantaged, Exceptional Persons, Job Placement, Mainstreaming, Normalization (Handicapped), Physical Disabilities, Postsecondary Education, State Surveys, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Dept. of Adult, Vocational and Technical Education.