ERIC Number: ED030994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Coordinated Program for Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Educational Services for the Mentally Retarded. Final Report.
Portland School District, OR. Special Education Dept.
Secondary level special education classes and the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) cooperated in a program of vocational preparation, job placement and followup. Of the 336 educable mentally retarded student referrals, 149 did not become clients because of inadequate potential (30%), satisfactory job placements (32%), student or parent refusal (22%), and miscellaneous other reasons (16%). Clients received instruction in work habits and attitudes, work experience both in and out of school, systematized work evaluations, wide diagnosis, and vocational counseling and placement. Of the 187 active clients, 52 remained open cases, 69 cases were closed as rehabilitated, and 66 cases were closed as not rehabilitated. Ten months later, 47 were on the same job or with the same employer, nine changed to more convenient jobs, five girls married and quit working, and eight were dismissed by their employers. Of the cases closed as rehabilitated, about 15% were sheltered workshop employable only. Implications discussed concern personnel and continuation, the rehabilitation process, medical and health concerns, special education programs, curriculum, and community support aspects. Also discussed are the development of a coordinated program, preparation for employment, work evaluation, tryout, and training, diagnosis, curriculum development, and techniques effective in working with the retarded. (MS)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Counselor Role, Demonstration Programs, Employment Potential, Exceptional Child Research, Job Placement, Job Skills, Medical Evaluation, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Participant Characteristics, Sheltered Workshops, Special Classes, Student Evaluation, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Education, Vocational Followup, Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Portland School District, OR. Special Education Dept.