ERIC Number: ED229935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Threshold Final Report: 1981-82 (Planning Year of a New Program for Young Adults with Special Needs).
Roffman, Arlyn J.
The development and initial implementation of the Threshold Program during 1981-82 at Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for young learning disabled adults, with IQs 75-95 is described. The goal of planning is explained to be development of a program which promotes independent living skills through a combination of courses fostering vocational, social, academic, and creative growth culminating in attainment of an associate degree. Program conceptualization, including extensive research at the Para-Educator Center, New York University, is discussed. Development of such program components as the curriculum (e.g., field service with young and elderly disabled, life skills classes, and a resource center) are described, as are the schedule (including site arrangements, a support system, and a social program); staffing; and residential planning. Also discussed are recruitment, involving public relations and outreach, admissions planning and criteria development, and staff recruitment. The process of ongoing informed evaluation involving college administrators is noted. It is reported that 300 inquiries were received as a result of outreach activities and that 18 students were accepted for the 1982-83 academic year. An appendix constituting more than half the document includes summaries of planning meetings, staff job descriptions, news releases, and application forms. (MC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lesley Coll., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.