ERIC Number: ED334747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Best Practices in Supported Employment: A Study of the Tennessee Initiative.
Petty, Debra Martin; And Others
The report presents six papers describing a Tennessee study to assess the status of the supported employment initiative, determine the importance and implementation of best practice elements, and ascertain perceptions of supported employment customers toward implementation. Major findings include the following: at the time of the study supported employment in Tennessee was in the resource phase of program development; 82 elements of best practice in supported employment were identified by a literature review and validated by a panel of experts; highest support was given to elements related to fiscal management, program personnel, community resources collaboration, quality of work, paid work, and on-going support; job supervisors were "satisfied" to "very satisfied" with the performance of the supported employees and the employment specialist; the majority of parents/caretakers reported being "satisfied" to "very satisfied" with supported employment. Issues identified include limited resources, limited implementation of best practices despite general agreement on their importance, little participation by severely disabled individuals in supported employment, and few students transitioning into supported employment directly from secondary special education. Most of the papers have references and appendices including relevant survey forms. (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Educational Quality, Employer Attitudes, Employment, Normalization (Handicapped), Parent Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Program Implementation, Social Integration, State Programs, State Surveys, Supported Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Nashville.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Memphis. University Affiliated Program.