ERIC Number: ED308671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Parental Perceptions of Work Training for Their Severely Handicapped Children. working Paper #87-6. COMPETE: Community-Based Model for Public-School Exit and Transition to Employment.
Dever, Richard B.
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 surveyed 58 parents of moderately, severely, and profoundly retarded children in a small midwestern city. Questions were concerned with parental perceptions of the following: desirability of various after school placements, concerns about vocational training problems, the importance of various types of training in the last 2 years of public school, how much school time should be devoted to vocational training, the desirability of their children eventually working, ideas about the type of work their children should perform, appropriate wages during and after training. Results indicated that, as a group, parents wanted their children to go to work someday, but lack information about the available options. Parents wanted their children to have vocational training but were not willing to give up academic training while their children were still in school. Many parents feared their children would be mistreated during work training and/or performance. Parents tended to assume that their children would go to the sheltered workshop rather than into community jobs. (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 220 524-534.