ERIC Number: ED230012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
1981 Follow-Up Study of Students Enrolled and Previously Enrolled in the Michigan School for the Blind and the Michigan School for the Deaf.
Livingston-White, Deborah J. H.
A followup study of currently and previously enrolled students of the Michigan School for the Blind (MSB) and the Michigan School for the Deaf (MSD) is reported. Eligibility guidelines, services, enrollment, costs, and nature of the student body at each institution are described. Development and use of four questionnaires to evaluate eight research questions (nature of handicaps, appropriateness of placement, availability of educational services, transfer of learning, reasons for placement, reasons for leaving, benefits of state programs, and benefits of local school programs) are described. Among findings considered are that Ss currently attending MSB have a greater multiplicity of handicapping conditions in conjunction with more severe visual loss than previously enrolled Ss; that 92 percent of parents surveyed felt their children were appropriately placed whether enrolled in state schools or local education agencies; that few benefits were reported as exclusive provisions of local education agency programs compared to state school services for vision and hearing students; and that rehabilitation agencies worked with a large percentage of students graduating from state schools. It was concluded that the state schools provide unique services which some local education programs are not currently providing. Cover letters and questionnaires are appended. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Div. of Special Education.