ERIC Number: ED300953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Transition from School to Work: Final Program Evaluation Report 9/1/85-8/31/87.
Holjes, M. Kay; Hatcher, Debra N.
The final report of the Transition from School to Work Project of Employment Opportunities, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina, describes efforts to provide students with job experiences and leisure education. The project provided work experiences for 49 students, ages 17-22, with disabilities including autism, mental retardation (IQ range from less than 28 to 63), and multiple disabilities. An additional 95 students received indirect services in a program of classroom discussion and job development. Students receiving direct services spent 12-89 hours each in volunteer work experience. Formal recommendations were made for each student to the family, teacher, and adult service agencies for referral and job placement services. Additional project achievements included: (1) full- or part-time paid job placement for 20 of the participating students; (2) cost savings to the local school district as a result of early graduation for students; (3) local vocational rehabilitation and mental retardation/developmental disabilities policy changes to provide more complete services to the severely disabled; (4) development of a formal interagency agreement for transition between the schools and adult service agencies; and (5) awareness raising at the local and state levels due to the advocacy of and information provided by project staff. Recommendations for similar projects are included, and appendixes include samples of initial and final individual transition plans and of a vocational evaluation report; an interagency agreement for transition; teacher and employer questionnaires; a copy of the enabling legislation for the project; and a list of businesses toured and jobs tried. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Employment Opportunities, Inc., Raleigh, NC.
Note: Parts of appendices contain marginally legible print.