ERIC Number: ED146758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Post-School Adjustment of Special Education Students with a View to Initiating Adult-Education Programs. Final Report. (Special Education Research Program: Educational Improvement for the Handicapped).
Coy, Michael N.
Presented is the final report of a study on the post-school adjustment of special education students, with emphasis on the feasability of initiating adult-education programs to meet these individuals' needs. Research procedures are reported as involving the assessment of handicapped adults' post-school adjustment, needs, and priorities using a survey questionnaire during personal interviews; assessment of interest, commitment, and available resources which exist among public and private county-based groups, agencies, and businesses; and assessment of existing adult programs throughout the state and out-of-state. Among findings (which are detailed in table form) are that the majority of the respondents are unemployed or employed through one of the two sheltered workshops; that 89.1% of the interviewees desire further training; and there is a need for increased recreational opportunities for handicapped adults. Also provided are findings of the community and out-of-county surveys. Implications of the study are noted to include the need to broaden the concept of vocational training and to disregard popular ideas about intelligence which have resulted in inappropriately low levels of expectation for the mentally handicapped. Appended are sample copies of the post-school followup survey, community survey, out-of-county survey, nurses' survey on adult handicapped needs, and Schelby Center Teachers' Survey. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Special Education.
Authoring Institution: Merced County Schools, CA.