ERIC Number: ED259525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Transition From School to Work.
Wehman, Paul, Ed.; Hill, Janet W., Ed.
Six papers address issues in the transition from school to work for mentally retarded and developmentally disabled young adults. The first presents a three-stage vocational transition model emphasizing functional curricula, integrated services, community-based instruction, involvement of parents and adult services representatives, and a diversity of options for the client. The second paper presents findings from interviews with 300 parents of young adults with mental retardation. An overall unemployment rate of 58% was revealed. The third paper discusses employment-oriented instructional guidelines and curriculum suggestions for students at elementary, intermediate, and secondary levels. A study of community integration of 300 young adults is presented in the fourth paper, with results indicating that the individuals were generally satisfied with their present situation. Paper 5 describes a study of the employment status of 117 young adults with moderate, severe, or profound mental retardation. High unemployment rates of nearly 88% were found with only 14 persons holding real jobs in nonsheltered work environments. The final paper applies the supported work model to job placement of students in the public schools. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.
Note: Section II of: Competitive Employment for Persons with Mental Retardation: From Research to Practice. Volume I (EC 180 259).