ERIC Number: ED308667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Severely Handicapped Youth Competing in the Labor Market: Implementation and Effectiveness Report from the First Two Years of Project COMPETE. Working Paper 87-2. COMPETE: Community-Based Model for Public School Exit and Transition to Employment.
Easterday, Joseph R.; And Others
This paper is a product of Project COMPETE, a service demonstration project undertaken for the purpose of developing and validating a model and training sequence to improve transition services for moderately, severely, and profoundly retarded youth. The paper reports on the first 2 years of the project, which has placed 20 students with a mean IQ of about 38 in community work experience sites. A marketing approach was used which showed that employers considered such worker characteristics as good work habits, work attitudes, and interpersonal skills to be critical to occupational stability. It also showed that employers consider a worker who has previously developed the critical traits to be easier to retrain because retraining can focus on vocational skill specific to the new job. The project's experience has shown the usefulness of employer-validated information and evaluative feedback in development of a vocational training program at the secondary level that stresses the demands of the work environment and cooperative programming by both public schools and rehabilitation agencies. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Dept. of Mental Health, Indianapolis.; Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Center for Innovation in Teaching the Handicapped.