ERIC Number: ED250876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
An Alternative Training and Employment Approach Based on the Model Established by Red Rose Services, Inc., the First and Only Free-Standing, For-Profit Firm in the Nation Owned and Operated by Its Employees Who Are Developmentally Disabled. Final Program Progress Report, 9/29/82-6/30/84.
Association for Habilitation and Employment of the Developmentally Disabled, Inc., Lemoyne, PA.
The report discusses achievements of a project in which the training and employment approach employed in Red Rose Services, Inc., a separate for-profit custodial firm owned and operated by employees (the majority of whom are developmentally disabled), was expanded to operate in five target regions. The project was designed to demonstrate an alternative approach to traditional vocational rehabilitation methods such as the sheltered workshop or pre-employment training programs. The lack of opportunities for establishing custodial contracts in the five areas was one of the obstacles cited. Findings reveal that even during the recent recession, the company was able to compete successfully in the custodial business, stay in operation, and realize a profit. Additional comments focus on employee involvement in running the company, private sector involvement, and marketing of small businesses. The model is seen as a feasible alternative to traditional vocational rehabilitation approaches. Policy implications and recommendations conclude the report. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Human Development Services (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for Habilitation and Employment of the Developmentally Disabled, Inc., Lemoyne, PA.