ERIC Number: ED293277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Investigating the Impact of a Program Model for Increasing the Social, Communication, and Community Living Skills of Moderately Mentally Handicapped Youth in Transition. Final Report.
Macro Systems, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
The report describes a program which used the resources of community recreational arts programs, secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, and families to involve 76 moderately mentally handicapped youth in their last year of high school in recreational art activities to enhance successful transition from school to mainstream society. The model utilized three stages of community arts involvement: awareness (orientation of students and parents to existing opportunities); exploration (selecting from a variety of arts programs those which students wished to become further involved in); and integration (in-depth participation through ongoing involvement in a selected community arts group). The program was implemented in Washington, D.C. and Dayton, Ohio. Among evaluation findings were that each student participated in an average of eight events during the project's federal funding; that both students and parents rated the program positively; and that transportation problems were the largest impediment to participation. Recommendations included allowing at least 4 months for student/participant/volunteer recruitment; establishing collaborative relationships with existing community arts groups at the earliest possible time; conducting more workshops with arts groups on a continuous time schedule; and expanding activities to include more traditional recreation, especially sports. Over half the document consists of appendixes which provide data tables from the interim report; data tables from the end-of-project analysis; data collection instruments and procedures; and project related letters. (DB)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Community Programs, Community Resources, Cultural Activities, Demonstration Programs, High Schools, Interpersonal Competence, Moderate Mental Retardation, Normalization (Handicapped), Organizations (Groups), Recreational Activities, Student Participation, Transitional Programs, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Macro Systems, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.
Note: Portions of appendices contain small print. For related document, see EC 202 475.