ERIC Number: ED240821
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Dawn Hancock Animal Farm. Farming Experiences for Children with Mental Handicaps.
Lee, Ronald A.
The Dawn Hancock Animal Farm, which was developed in 1974 with volunteer labor and over $100,000 in donations, provides farm experiences for the mentally handicapped students of the Helen J. Stewart School in Las Vegas, Nevada. The farm and animals are part of the school's emphasis on vocational training, and every effort is made to help prepare the students for work after graduation. One of the school's major goals is to enable each student to "become as competent a worker as possible." Las Vegas, with its surrounding rural communities provides, employment opportunities for the students. The operation of the farm involves a number of chores that must be completed each day. Teacher aides and foster grandparents assist the students. The students also receive the school's services which include speech therapy, adaptive physical education, physical therapy, team sports, academic studies, and adaptive music. The farm program gives students an opportunity to develop self-help skills. Positive reinforcement is given through verbal reinforcement, paychecks, and special activities. (EM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Clark County School District, Las Vegas, NV.