ERIC Number: ED072607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
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A Vocational Education Program for Blind Children and Youth. Phase I Final Report.
Maryland School for the Blind, Baltimore.
Reported was a project in which the Maryland School for the Blind first conducted surveys of occupational opportunities for the visually handicapped in Maryland and the employment history of adults who attended the Maryland School for the Blind between 1961 and 1971; and then developed a pilot vocational education program in response to survey findings. Approximately 460 employer and 150 former student responses were analyzed in terms of such categories as nature of the employer's business, number of visually impaired workers currently employed in each business, and graduates' mode of travel and current employment status. The program developed in response to survey data was reported to focus on: development of work adjustment skills and interpersonal skills, recognition of the value of social attributes to job success, exploring and creating new job opportunities, and reducing technical skills and training to components that can be taught in the classroom. Provided were results of 128 employer interviews conducted to identify the skills and visual abilities required for jobs in a variety of fields. Numerous classroom activities were suggested by means of which students can be trained in technical skills required in the fields of manufacturing, service industries, sheltered industries, sales and distribution, machining, and assembly line and bench production. (GW)
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Sponsor: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Vocational-Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Maryland School for the Blind, Baltimore.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland