ERIC Number: ED223898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov-30
Reference Count: 0
Support and Advocacy for Vocational Training of Handicapped Postsecondary Adults. Final Performance Report.
Liebert, Diane E.; Weissman, Carol S.
A model program was implemented to provide support and advocacy services to handicapped adults for overcoming barriers in obtaining postsecondary vocational training and employment. The formative evaluation included a description of the project's phases and the activities undertaken to meet project objectives. Major activities were recruitment, assessment, and counseling; career support plan and support services; advocacy/support and referral to community services; occupational employability and skills training; and followup support. The summative evaluation utilized an ex post facto group design that compared project participants to handicapped and nonhandicapped persons. All subjects were postsecondary students enrolled in various daytime programs of vocational training at the Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services. Project participants and the nonhandicapped group performed with better skills and had lower dropout rates than the handicapped comparison group. Differences between the two handicapped groups were educationally significant on all criteria: instructor's skill ratings, attendance ratings, dropout rate, completion/continuation rate, and employment. The differences between project participants and the nonhandicapped group were not educationally significant on program or employment criteria. (Four successful case studies are also presented. Materials and instruments from the project are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Vocational Education, Adults, Advocacy, Ancillary School Services, Career Education, Career Planning, Community Services, Counseling Services, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Employment Potential, Employment Services, Evaluation, Job Placement, Job Skills, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Recruitment, Referral, Student Placement, Summative Evaluation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Westbury, NY.