ERIC Number: ED250546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Dec-1
Reference Count: 0
Learning and Employment Opportunities for Adult Learners with Special Needs.
Adams, William H.
A program for adult learners with special needs has been conducted in Salem County, New Jersey, for five years. The program was created under a Public Law 94-482 grant and since has been supported by a Department of Human Services grant, by various services clubs, and by the local board for vocational education. The program has three phases. In phase one, a two-segment continuing education option is offered in which participants are provided with individual and small group counseling, vocational assessment, and prevocational training. The second phase of the program involves the participation of clients in selected vocational skill training courses along with relevant support services. The third phase of the program involves adult learners with special needs who participate in fulltime vocational-technical training programs. The key element of this option is the identification of skills in which the adult not only has an interest, but also the reasonable chance to acquire those skills necessary for employment. Job counseling and job placement support services are also provided. The program has been serving about 35-50 persons at a time, with a 40 percent job placement rate. Its success has been enhanced by its emphasis on the Sheppard counseling concept to support participants, by an assessment system, and by an employment-assistance program. Problems in the program have stemmed from a changing clientele that is increasingly severely mentally handicapped, lack of transportation for students, and overcoming the identification, location, and motivation problems of the participants. (This report includes a syllabus of the course and information on instructional and assessment materials used.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Students, Career Counseling, Disabilities, Employment Potential, Exceptional Persons, Job Skills, Job Training, Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, Outcomes of Education, Physical Disabilities, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey (Salem County)
Note: Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Convention (78th, New Orleans, LA, December 1, 1984).