ERIC Number: ED260228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-21
Reference Count: N/A
Bringing National Issues into Focus for Special Populations: The Assistant Secretary's Perspective.
Worthington, Robert M.
Vocational education has been greatly increasing its services to special needs populations. For example, the enrollments reported by the states for school year 1982-83 indicate a 38 percent increase in the number of handicapped persons served in vocational education, a 65 percent increase in the number of disadvantaged served, and a 163 percent increase in the number of limited English speaking (LEP) students served in vocational education since 1980-81. The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act sets forth the following new emphases: (1) the provision of information to handicapped, disadvantaged, and LEP students regarding the opportunities available in vocational education; (2) the requirement that each handicapped, disadvantaged, or LEP student enrolling in vocational education receive an assessment of his or her interests, abilities, and special needs with respect to completing a vocational education program successfully; and (3) the mandate of counseling services to facilitate the transition of handicapped and disadvantaged students from school to employment. The Vocational Education Act also contains, for the first time, equal access language as it pertains to these populations. Special needs vocational educators have a tremendous responsibility in ensuring that these laws are followed and that vocational education is responsive to the special needs of handicapped, disadvantaged, and limited English proficiency students. (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Exceptional Persons, Federal Legislation, Limited English Speaking, Mainstreaming, Secondary Education, Special Education, State Programs, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Carl D Perkins Vocational Education Act 1984