ERIC Number: ED213928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Cooperative Occupational Preparation of the Handicapped. Exemplary Models.
Ashby, Sylvia, Ed.; Bensberg, Gerard J., Ed.
Although cooperation between high school vocational education for the handicapped and state vocational rehabilitation programs had been common during the 1950s and 1960s, increased emphasis on special education, third-party funding falling under disrepute, and "similar benefits" provisions of vocational rehabilitation legislation has made cooperation among these agencies increasingly difficult. In order to promote cooperation among various institutions serving the handicapped, the Vocational Rehabilitation/Education Task Force set out to identify and describe for replication exemplary programs in which agency cooperation was working. The Task Force determined that the programs identified should meet the following criteria: (1) be of overall high quality; (2) have exemplary interagency cooperation and coordination in programming, involving at least special education and vocational rehabilitation, and ideally vocational education also; (3) function at the local level even if there is a statewide system in effect; (4) be replicable; (5) include the severely handicapped; (6) provide a continuum and range of services over the later school years and transition into employment; and (7) serve youth approaching the age for vocational rehabilitation eligibility (13-18). Ten exemplary programs from throughout the country were identified and are described in the main body of this report. The report also presents the legal foundation for cooperative efforts and basic background on curriculum and vocational evaluation based on a literature review of the general problems of vocational education for the handicapped. (KC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Curriculum, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Federal Legislation, Federal Regulation, Institutional Cooperation, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Shared Services, Special Education, Vocational Aptitude, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
Research & Training Center in Mental Retardation, Texas Tech University, P.O. Box 4510, Lubbock, TX 79409 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock. Research and Training Center in Mental Retardation.