ERIC Number: ED261517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Community Based Competitive Employment Preparation of Developmentally Disabled Persons: Factors Contributing to Success.
Stodden, Robert A.; Browder, Phyllis M.
The paper describes a demonstrative project designed to help 52 mentally retarded or otherwise developmentally disabled adults obtain and maintain competitive employment. The trainees were first evaluated in a situational assessment covering seven areas: (1) attendance and stamina, (2) independence, (3) productivity, (4) learning style, (5) work habits, (6) social skills and communication, and (7) personal management. They then received intensive pre-employment training for 4 weeks. Volunteer work experience came next for two to four months of individualized instruction at community non-profit organizations. Then trainees were placed in competitive positions, receiving on-site training from job coaches. Upon completion of on-site training, trainees entered a supported employment phase for one year. Program evaluation data suggested that the program was a success. Twenty-eight Ss successfully completed on-site training, and employers' ratings were generally fairly high. Employment success factors were identified within the areas of training approach and methodology, program management, and trainee characteristics. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Secondary, Transitional and Postsecondary Education for Exceptional Youth (Boston, MA, March 7-9, 1985).