ERIC Number: ED263391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug-5
Reference Count: 0
Work Site Training for Special Education Students. Final Report.
American School for the Deaf, West Hartford, CT.
A project was conducted by the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut, to train deaf, multiply handicapped students in job readiness skills and to place them in work experience programs. The one-year project served 17 multiply handicapped, hearing-impaired students, 18 to 20 years old, who were enrolled in the Special Unit program of the school. Of these, 47 percent were minorities. Their handicaps included a severe hearing loss and one or more of the following: learning disabilities, multilingual backgrounds, educational and/or cultural disadvantagement, educational mental retardation, mild behavioral disorders, and/or visual impairments. Based on their evaluated abilities and the assessment of the instructor, students were selected and placed into transitional training work sites through the course of the school year. Students first attended classes on employability skills, then attended a temporary work assignment. Students were then moved into on- and off-campus placement, with eight students completing off-campus placements and the remainder having one or more on-campus training jobs. The project was considered successful. Recommendations were made for more aggressively recruiting off-campus employers and training them to work with hearing-impaired multiply handicapped students. The program may be continued as needs arise, possibly starting with younger students. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford. Bureau of Vocational Services.
Authoring Institution: American School for the Deaf, West Hartford, CT.