ERIC Number: ED308668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Occupational Requirements Relative to the Employment of Severely Handicapped Individuals. Working Paper 87-3. COMPETE: Community-Based Model for Public-School Exit and Transition to Employment.
Easterday, Joseph R.
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 a study which examined the communication skills, critical academic skills, and machine/tool use requirements identified by employers for 104 selected entry-level jobs in a small midwestern city. The jobs analyzed through employer interviews were representative of occupational clusters identified on the basis of a labor market trend analysis, their potential for initial access and employment stability for moderately mentally retarded workers, and structured interviews with employers. Job clusters were: food service, custodians/janitors, housekeeping, laundry, groundskeeping, and general labor. Results suggested that negative assumptions of many job placement personnel may not be warranted since employers reported that most of the positions surveyed required no more than minimal communication skills or academic skills (e.g. label recognition and simple counting). No single machine or tool was reported as frequently used across the clusters. (DB)
Publication Type: 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.
Note: For related documents, see EC 220 524-535.