ERIC Number: ED319202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Evaluating Post-School Transition of Secondary Students with Moderate to Severe Handicaps. Final Report.
Bruininks, Robert H.; Thurlow, Martha L.
The final report describes a 3-year project which had four primary objectives: (1) development of a followup system feasible for schools to use to obtain information on individuals with handicaps who leave school; (2) data collection on three special education samples; (3) data analysis to evaluate long-term effects of secondary programs and feasibility of the follow-up system for school use; and (4) dissemination of research findings and follow-up procedures. The study incorporated descriptive research, comparative research, and longitudinal research and included three primary samples of young adults (total N=87) with moderate to severe handicaps--those just completing school, those who had been out of school for less than 5 years, and those who had been out of school for 8-10 years. Major project activities included a survey of 65 special educators involved with this population and development and application of a followup instrument in interview format. Major findings included an overall employment rate of about 40% of which 75% were in day programs and few in competitive employment positions. Average number of hours per week worked was about 20 and the average annual income was about $1,500. Most former students lived in group homes, had friends, and maintained regular contact with family members. Contains 20 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Dept. of Educational Psychology.
Note: For a related document, see EC 230 892.