ERIC Number: ED102359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Project Volunteer Power: Volunteers Serving the Job Needs of the Handicapped. Final Report.
President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, Washington, DC.
The report covers the activities, results, and lessons learned in a project to test a new approach in developing greater opportunities in employment of the physically handicapped, mentally retarded, and mentally restored by harnessing the resources of leading volunteer women's organizations at the local level on a practical, planned basis. Project activities geared toward generating opportunities for handicapped men and women were undertaken in three pilot cities (Birmingham, Ala., Minneapolis, Minn., and Malden, Mass.). Their selection allowed for diversity of size, a wide range of business and industry, effective vocational rehabilitation and employment service operations, as well as an active voluntary movement that included strong women's organizations. Not all project activities were as successful as anticipated, but major benefits were gained in terms of experience and learnings. Results of the project in the areas of handicapped surveys, promoting removal of architectural barriers, job placement, development of job seeking skills, job retention, homebound handicapped, reinstating rehabilitation dropouts, and public education are discussed at length. Numerous lessons learned in many areas as a result of experience gained during the project are described, with reference to their implications for further development, particularly where the use of volunteers would be especially valuable. (Author/NH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, Washington, DC.