ERIC Number: ED058564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
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The Systems Approach in the Rehabilitative Process.
Williams, William H.; And Others
Historically, handicapped people have been caught in a job trap. Statistics of selected groups of handicapped people indicate a history of unemployment, underemployment, lack of job satisfaction and frustration. Even when professional training is introduced handicapped people generally receive lower wages than their non-handicapped peers. If this history is to be reversed then new approaches must be attempted in the rehabilitation process. The systems model represents one viable approach. With an understanding of the history of unemployment and underemployment of deaf people, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) has developed its programs and services utilizing the systems model. The major components of the NTID educational system are defined and described, including the concept of accountability. The importance of feedback and program flexibility are highlighted. Three basic principles are inherent in the system: (1) the program must be a vital, dynamic, organized whole; (2) it should be behaviorally oriented and quantifiable, if possible; and (3) beginning and on-going documentation is mandatory. (Author/TA)
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Authoring Institution: National Technical Inst. for the Deaf, Rochester, NY.