ERIC Number: ED206356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-10
Experimental Training and Placement of Blind Persons in Two-Year Allied Health Fields (1977-1980). Final Project Report.
O'Brien, Maureen; And Others
In 1977, Saint Mary's Junior College initiated a project to determine the feasibility of educating and placing blind persons as occupational therapy assistants and physical therapy assistants. Faculty and project staff worked together to develop tactile models and diagrams, enriched verbal descriptions, and supplementary audiotapes to be added to usual classroom instruction. Adaptations were also made in testing services, reader services, peer tutoring, and classroom demonstrations, and special equipment was purchased. By March 1981, 31 blind students had been served or were currently enrolled in the programs. Four of the visually impaired students were employed as certified occupational therapy assistants and four as physical therapy assistants. The project report details the specific project objectives, the methods and procedures used to achieve these goals, the content and adaptations made to the physical therapy assistant and occupational therapy assistant programs, and the design and implementation of the project impact evaluation system. The bulk of the report is composed of supporting appendices, focusing on: (1) publicity; (2) the project's advisory committee; (3) special evaluation forms and instruments for blind students; (4) information specific to the two therapy assistant programs; (5) newly developed equipment; (6) the impact evaluation; (7) cumulative records; (8) project staff; and (9) project trainees. (AYC)
Descriptors: Biomedical Equipment, Blindness, Course Descriptions, Job Training, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapy Aides, Private Colleges, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Publicity, Student Evaluation, Tactile Adaptation, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Mary's Junior Coll., Minneapolis, Minn.