ERIC Number: ED242113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Burlington's Making Special Friends Project: Volume II. Model Overview.
Williams, Wes; And Others
The "Making Special Friends Project" of the Burlington, Vermont public school system resulted in a series of six manuals: (1) A Review of the Literature; (2) Model Overview; (3) Implementation Guidelines and Inservice Training Manual; (4) Strategies for Implementing Model Components; (5) Developing Community Resource and Accessibility Guides; (6) Sample Forms. Volumes 2-5 have been obtained by ERIC (see Note); volumes 1 and 6 could not be obtained. The project was designed to increase social integration and interactions among school aged severely handicapped students, peers, and community members. Following a brief review of the city's Special Education organization, the rationale for the project is given, citing the need for structured opportunities for social interactions and the part that social interaction plays in all learning tasks. The project features an ecological analysis of environments and subenvironments, development of prioritized objectives, normal developmental and cumulative skill building approaches, and an in-school social integration component which formulates strategies to increase social interaction opportunities. Strategies include providing social interaction training to nonhandicapped peers, severely handicapped learners, and regular teachers, and arranging environments to facilitate social interactions. Community integration and parent involvement are also emphases of the project. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Vermont Univ., Burlington. Center for Developmental Disabilities.; Burlington School District, VT.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont