ERIC Number: ED318177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Supported Employment in Context: NARF's National Scope Supported Employment Survey and Policy Implications.
National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Washington, DC.
The report describes first year activities of a National Scope Supported Employment Demonstration Project which included a survey of supported employment providers (N=605) to define approaches used, impediments, and best practices. Among findings were the following: vocational rehabilitation facilities and developmental centers together provided some 81% of the supported employment services; almost 44% of organizations reported serving individuals with severe retardation in supported employment; approximately 77% of organizations reported using the individual placement model; 60% used the mobile work crew model, and 50% used enclaves; average wage reported was $3.34 per hour; 81% of organizations reported that an average of 73% of their supported employees received salaries within the normal range for nonhandicapped employees in the same type of work; the job coach (individual placement) model was reported to be the most cost effective as well as the most difficult to administer; and long-term and uncertain funding were overwhelmingly rated as the major impediments to supported employment. Implications include the need to monitor and analyze cost effectiveness, the need to address more adequately transition from secondary schools; and the need to attend more to quality of life issues. A short glossary, the survey form, and 74 references are included. (DB)
Descriptors: Agencies, Cost Effectiveness, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Job Placement, Mental Retardation, Models, National Surveys, Severe Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, Wages
National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, P.O. Box 17675, Washington, DC 20041 ($10.00 members; $17.50 nonmembers).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Washington, DC.