ERIC Number: ED315968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
First Follow-Up of Special Education Graduates, 1986. Publication No. 525.
Renfroe, William; And Others
This is the first follow-up report of a 5-year longitudinal study which examined whether training provided handicapped students in Los Angeles high schools adequately prepares them for the world of work and independent living. Subjects were 253 handicapped (mostly learning disabled (LD), educable retarded (ER), or trainable (TMR) mentally retarded) young adults graduating from high school in 1986. Findings concerning high school preparation included that 87% of males and 52% of females had taken vocational education classes. Among findings concerning postgraduate school activities were that over half of the LD graduates had taken at least one course in a community college or technical school. Findings concerning employment included that graduates' plans for employment were fairly consistent with their actual activities and that most TMR and ER graduates are unemployed and not seeking employment. Among findings concerning independence were that almost all graduates still live in the homes of their parents or guardians and that LD and ER graduates are satisfied with their current lives. Implications for educational practice include the need to reexamine independent living courses and to institute a transitional program for each graduating student with disabilities. The appendixes include tables and the special education post-high-school activity survey. (DB)
Descriptors: Daily Living Skills, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employment Level, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, High Schools, Individualized Programs, Learning Disabilities, Longitudinal Studies, Mild Mental Retardation, Moderate Mental Retardation, Postsecondary Education, Quality of Life
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA. Research and Evaluation Branch.
Note: For related documents, see ED 274 764 and EC 222 720.