ERIC Number: ED256125
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Promoting the Integration of Severely Handicapped Children into School/Community Social Systems. Final Report.
Hemphill, Norma Jean
The major goals of the Hawaii Integration Project have been to: (1) promote the development of social interactive skills in severely handicapped children to facilitate their acceptance by and adjustment to integrated community settings; (2) develop effective methods of training (including inservice) to prepare general education teaching staff, nonhandicapped students, administrative and state agency staff and parents of handicapped and nonhandicapped and other community constituents to successfully adjust to the inclusion of severely handicapped children/youth into community settings; and (3) describe parameters of realistic, mutually beneficial, and rewarding peer interaction patterns between severely handicapped and nonhandicapped children/youth which can endure and generalize to other appropriate situations. Activities have included the development of an interactive process, inservice training and a social skills curriculum component for severely handicapped children and youth. Outcomes have included validated training models for these activities and the social skills curricular strategy packages. Sixty-seven severely handicapped project children/youth--ranging in age from 3-8 years and diagnosed as severely to profoundly retarded, severely multiply handicapped, autistic and deaf-blind--participated in project activities at five public school settings enrolling primarily regular education children. Project staff has included a project director, a curriculum coordinator, a part-time inservice training coordinator, a part-time program trainer at each school setting, and support staff. Both the University of Hawaii Department of Special Education, College of Education and the personnel who have been involved in the project brought to the project extensive professional experience in the areas directly relevant to project activities--including educational programming for severely handicapped children/youth, school and community integration of severely handicapped children/youth, and inservice training of educational personnel. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Dept. of Special Education.