ERIC Number: ED074665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Multi-Handicapped Blind Persons Can Work.
Rusalem, Herbert; Richterman, Harold
The demonstration project assessed an innovative approach to the provision of remunerative work for evaluation, training, and employment purposes in sheltered workshops for 291 blind individuals who also were limited by vocationally significant intellectual, physical, emotional, and/or social disabilities. The multiply handicapped subgroup of the blind population, constituting a growing proportion of the workshop caseload, was seen to require work tasks that have special attributes that are in keeping with their multiple limitations. The project demonstrated that specially designed screening, product development, engineering, and rehabilitation techniques help the multiply handicapped blind to put out salable products. The outstanding conclusion was that, assisted by product development and related activities, workshops are able to serve growing proportions of multi-handicapped blind persons with unprecedented effectiveness. As a result of the demonstration, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) incorporated the experimental procedures into its ongoing service to NIB-associated workshops and is planning to extend the procedures beyond the government-purchase area into the private industry sector. (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Research and Demonstration Grants.
Authoring Institution: National Industries for the Blind, New York, NY.