ERIC Number: ED206903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
A Transitional Pre Vocational Training Program for Visually Impaired Severely Multiply Handicapped Youths. Final Report, September 4, 1980-June 18, 1981.
Saint Joseph's School for the Blind, Jersey City, NJ.
St. Joseph's School for the Blind (Jersey City, New Jersey) cooperated with the Occupational Center of Hudson County to establish a model transitional prevocational training program for severely multiply handicapped, visually impaired students. The aim was to assist these student to move from a school environment to a work activity setting where gainful employment opportunities exist. St. Joseph's established a separate prevocational component as part of the comprehensive educational services provided by the school. The prevocational component was designed to develop the students' work skills in order for them to realize their optimal potential, maximize their independent functioning, and move toward employment. It was intended that this would minimize or substantially delay the need for institutional care during their adult years. The training in the acquisition of work skills was provided by the school in a self-contained simulated work activities setting on the school campus. This site served as the initial transitional phase from the classroom to a work environment. The actual transition to a work setting in the community was gradually implemented by the school in cooperation with the Occupational Center. Conclusions drawn from the study included that the program was somewhat successful with sighted students, especially the mobility program, but that non-sighted students needed additional training in a one-to-one ratio (compared to the two-to-one student-teacher ratio of the program). Problems with the program included scheduling difficulties, and interfering behaviors of some of the students. Recommendations for the following year of the program were made. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Vocational Education.
Authoring Institution: Saint Joseph's School for the Blind, Jersey City, NJ.