ERIC Number: ED256088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Employability Support Network of Disabled Youth: Using Role Models as Agents of Change.
Stephens, Robin; Baley, Patrick
The Employability Support Network of Disabled Youth is a 3-year model program housed at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center of the Oregon Health Sciences University (Portland). The network is designed to set up support groups featuring as a role model a person with a disability. Specifically, the model sets up a project which (1) creates an advisory council to identify priorities, make community contacts and advise staff; (2) adapts and develops material and curricula; (3) trains facilitators to establish and conduct support groups; (4) establishes groups and a network and provides technical assistance to facilitators; (5) conducts a series of workshops in employability skills; and (6) provides technical assistance and disseminates useful information to schools, agencies, and interested persons. Currently, the network is composed of 10 groups which function as a safe place for disabled youth to discuss topics concerning themselves, their disabilities, work skills, and individual potential. Facilitator pairs include a professional service provider and an adult with a disability who acts as a role model. Careful selection and training of co-facilitators are essential to the program, as is recruitment of appropriate youth for the groups. A chronology of project activities for the first year is appended. A hand-out sheet is included, dealing with the what, who, why, how, where, and when of the network. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Employability Support Network of Disabled Youth; Oregon (Portland)
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Secondary Transitional and Postsecondary Education for Exceptional Youth (Boston, MA, March 7-9, 1985).