ERIC Number: ED052349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Employment of the Physically Handicapped in a Competitive Industrial Environment.
Abilities Inc. of Florida, Clearwater.
The objective of this project was to develop a center for the employment of severely disabled and older workers in a competitive industrial environment. Patterned after a similar center in the state of New York, Abilities Inc. of Florida adopted the specific purposes of: (1) providing a continuing basis of employment for severely disabled and aged, workers, (2) providing vocational training and work adjustment training for severely disabled and aged workers who might enter competitive employment following such training, (3) providing clinical training for rehabilitation personnel, and (4) stimulating the employment of severely disabled and older workers through demonstration techniques. Abilities, Inc. is carefully geared to the geographic and economic conditions of their setting. Since the program is job oriented, no therapy or treatment is administered during working hours so that employees work a standard industrial day and produce products competitive with similar industries. Employees receive prevailing wages and standard benefits. Moreover, in addition to placing employees in existing jobs, Abilities is working to reeducate the community so that new jobs for the disabled may be developed. (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Vocational Rehabilitation Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abilities Inc. of Florida, Clearwater.