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ERIC Number: ED042318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Pages: 198
Abstractor: N/A
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Vocational Readiness for Young Disabled Students in New York City: Final Report of a 5-Year Collaborative Study.
To determine if severely handicapped children were in fact not ready to utilize vocational services when they leave school (due to lack of prevocational work experience), handicapped children were provided two years of vocational counseling and sheltered work experience. The sample of 280 children (ages 14 to 17 years), were divided into experimental (Es) and control (Cs) groups in each disability grouping (physically handicapped, educable mentally handicapped, and emotionally disturbed). The Es received vocational service two days a week for two years. All children were assessed before and after the program and 12 months later. Results showed that the physically handicapped Es had higher potential for service than the physically handicapped Cs. The physically handicapped benefited the most from the program. The mentally handicapped showed gains in socialization and interpersonal adjustment, though not much gain in employability. The emotionally disturbed showed no significant benefits. Ethnic and socioeconomic factors were important determiners of progress (the prevocational service was least effective with children facing problems of the poverty subculture), and more integration with the child's educational program is recommended. Appendixes include forms, case histories, many tables, and additional information. (KW)
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Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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