ERIC Number: ED303629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec-5
Improving Participation of Handicapped Students in Vocational Education: Toward a Unified System of Services.
Vocational educators have been making notable efforts to serve students with disabilities for many years. For more than 20 years, federal legislation has sought to facilitate such efforts by requiring that a portion of federal funding for vocational education be set aside to serve handicapped students. Disabled students can be educated either by mainstreaming them into the regular education system or by putting them into special education. However, mainstreamed students often lack assistance from special educators, and vocational educators cannot provide the services these students need. Because of this problem and the way that accounting systems for funding are set up, many school systems have arranged special programs of career/vocational education for students with disabilities. These programs offer employability training, special work experience, and separate instruction. However, these programs cannot provide the occupational training that vocational education does. What is needed is a program based on cooperation between vocational and special education departments. A unified system of service delivery is essential to providing exemplary vocational education for disabled students. Only when significant steps are made toward this goal will there be improvements in the level and quality of participation by students with disabilities in vocational programs. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Vocational Education Research Association (St. Louis, MO, December 2-6, 1988).