ERIC Number: ED266269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Rights of Passage. Final Report of the Task Force on the Transition from School to Work for Montgomery County Students with Disabilites.
Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.
A task force was created to establish a collaborative relationship among government, education, private agencies, and employers for transition services for special education students. Findings were that unemployment and underemployment were extremely high for special education graduates who lacked adequate basic, job-seeking, and work skills. Few options were available for pursuing education beyond high school. Many graduates did not know how to make effective use of available adult services, nor how to find special services for disabled adults. Parents were uninformed about work or education options, service providers were not well informed about school services and potential client needs, and employers did not know where to find disabled job applicants or obtain services to help them adapt jobs. Legislation lacked a unified approach to transition services. Action recommendations were made to the school system and county government to create a transition service delivery system. Four components of the school transition service were planning, instruction, linking, and staff development. Four components of the county government system were planning and coordination, program expansion and improvement, business linkages, and legislative advocacy. (An executive summary precedes the report. Appendixes include table of contents of task force reports, list of transition programs researched by the committees, selected materials and resources, a list of task force members, and a glossary.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Government School Relationship, Local Government, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Special Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.