ERIC Number: ED206893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Final Project Report of Optimizing Vocational Development in the Handicapped, September 1980-June 1981.
Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High Schools, New Brunswick, NJ.
A project helped handicapped high school students to develop and implement realistic vocational plans and to develop functional skills in various areas associated with independent living. Designed as an evening course open to full time special needs vocational high school students, the program consisted of the following two components: (l) a social interaction group that addressed the problems and conflicts facing handicapped students in their community, school, and home; and (2) an independent living skills program that included individual instruction and practical application of skills in such general areas as travel, grooming, consumer, home living, and leisure time activities. Group leaders, students, and parents all reported significant changes in the attitudes and behavior of participants in the social interaction group. In addition, more than 85 percent of the students involved in the independent living skills program successfully completed the program objectives and demonstrated their ability to function independently in various areas of everyday living. Because of the project's success, curricular changes were recommended to incorporate numerous aspects of this after-school program into in-school special needs programs. (MN)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Communication Skills, Community Involvement, Community Services, Daily Living Skills, Disabilities, Educational Environment, Employment Potential, Family Environment, Home Economics Skills, Home Management, Interpersonal Competence, Leisure Time, Mainstreaming, Money Management, Normalization (Handicapped), Parent Counseling, Parent Participation, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Secondary Education, Self Care Skills, Special Education, Systems Approach, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High Schools, New Brunswick, NJ.