ERIC Number: ED177294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Rehabilitation of the Hearing Impaired Mentally Retarded. Final Report, 10/1/76 to 12/31/77.
Illinois State Dept. of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.
The Rehabilitative Skills Inventory (RSI) was developed and tested as an assessment tool to measure the proficiency of hearing impaired mentally retarded (HIMR) in several skill areas related to successful functioning in a community living facility. The areas covered are mathematics and money skills, vocational performance, vocational behavior, community skills, and daily living skills. The authors compiled an initial inventory of items that sampled those skills they believed were essential for successful independent living in a community situation for their HIMR clients. Three HIMR groups (children, adolescent/adults, and a halfway house group) and one (mentally retarded) control group were used for testing and refining the scaled inventory over a seven-month period. Subjects and evaluators were from the Dixon Developmental Center in Illinois. Analysis of data indicates good inter-rater and test-retest reliability as well as good concurrent validity with other measures that assess adaptive behavior (e.g., the Fairview Self Help Scale and the San Francisco Vocational Competency Scale). The authors conclude that the RSI has unique features for measuring readiness of HIMR clients for community living. (Included are a copy of the RSI, test data, and instructions for raters.) (FP)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adults, Behavior Rating Scales, Daily Living Skills, Evaluation, Group Experience, Hearing Impairments, Interpersonal Competence, Job Skills, Mathematics, Mental Retardation, Normalization (Handicapped), Placement, Rehabilitation, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Testing, Vocational Maturity
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Dept. of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.
Note: Not available in paper copy due to thin type