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ERIC Number: ED260875
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Working With Cross-Cultural & English-as-Second-Language Populations: Employment of Paraprofessionals.
Lenz, Diane
The Paraprofessional Program of the Institute for Human Development has proven to be an effective means of providing early intervention services in northern Arizona's sparsely populated, culturally diverse rural communities. The program model includes identification and comprehensive professional evaluation of young handicapped children and hiring and training of indigenous paraprofessionals to provide service to children and their families. The program coordinator provides on-site supervision and works with paraprofessionals on three phases of program development: (1) initiating a home-based service program; (2) developing local resources and establishing a preschool classroom staffed by paraprofessionals; and (3) cooperating with local public schools interested in incorporating preschool programs for handicapped children. As of March, 1985, the Paraprofessional Program had five service centers--three on the White Mountain Apache and Navajo Reservations--and was developing two sites on the Hualapai Reservation. The paraprofessional staff of eight served 40 children from eight months to five years whose handicaps ranged from moderate to severe. The annual program budget of $70,000 is considered cost-efficient. By employing local paraprofessionals--familiar with the culture and politics of their communities--the program is able to provide consistent services to a population not effectively served by much more costly, city-based programs. (JHZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Community
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona