ERIC Number: ED120535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec-10
Reference Count: 0
Innovations in Vocational Education: Meeting the Needs of the Handicapped--An Emerging Responsibility.
Clarcq, Jack R.; Maruggi, Edward A.
To meet the needs of the handicapped, vocational training programs for handicapped people should provide individuals with technical, personal, social, and communication competencies. As competition for Federal funds becomes more acute, questions will increasingly focus on program effectiveness. Data on young deaf adults, even with professional or advanced training, reveal underemployment, low wages, and greater unemployment than their hearing counterpart. Consequently, vocational training programs must respond with sound program planning and evaluaton. The Comptroller General's report to Congress recommended that programs/services for the disadvantaged and handicapped should receive priority attention regarding utilization of Federal funds. New creative approaches, which must necessarily focus first on ends and then on means, are needed. A suggested process for vocational program development includes: (1) identification of program goals, (2) determination of clientele uniqueness, (3) determination of needs of sources of employment, (4) curriculum design, (5) curriculum development, (6) job placement of graduates, and (7) program evaluation. For example, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) extensively uses media for job placement and relies on a comprehensive Curriculum Process Model. Of NTID graduates successfully completing their training program, 96% have found jobs and 95% have found jobs commensurate with their training level. (EA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Association (Anaheim, California, December 5-10, 1975)