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ERIC Number: ED315226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Rural Transition Program Specialist: Training the Rural Specialist.
Halper, Arline; Beam, Joyce
Two-thirds of all schools in the United States are in rural areas, and the majority of unserved and underserved handicapped students are located in rural areas. This paper describes the Rural Transition Program Specialist project, a college program to train rural professionals in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of career and educational services for handicapped students. Preservice preparation programs traditionally supply employment skills training, but this must be supplemented with daily living and survival skills. Teacher preparation for working with disabled students' transition must reflect the diverse nature of career/vocational and transitional programming, including education in special education, vocational-technical education, vocational rehabilitation, guidance, developing long range plans, implementing community-based instruction, and developing linkages when students exit school. The program trains school-based personnel as well as individuals from vocational rehabilitation and adult service agencies, thus increasing the possibility of interagency communication. Part of the training program is professional internships. Staff development programs, parent training and resource manuals, transportation access models, and self-advocacy curriculum designs are examples of internship activities. Evaluations of the program by program graduates and employers of trained students were overwhelming positive. Appendices outline the four-course sequence and competencies acquired in the program. (DHP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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