ERIC Number: ED328028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Professional Organizations' Role in Meeting the Personnel Demands of Part H, P.L. 99-457.
Gallagher, James J.; Coleman, Patsy
Part H of Public Law 99-457, the Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments, 1986, requires states to develop a system for preparation of personnel to work with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, and to establish personnel standards for early intervention services. A study of 10 professional associations was conducted to determine their plans for additional certification standards to include service to infants and toddlers, the kinds of training initiatives their association was planning, and what they were doing about existing personnel shortages. One organization, the Division for Early Childhood in the Council for Exceptional Children, has encouraged the establishment of certification within each state for an early childhood special educator. Five organizations (the American Nurses Association; American Occupational Therapy Association; American Physical Therapy Association; National Association of Social Workers; and American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association) have developed guidelines of best practice for professionals working with infants and toddlers. Other organizations, including the American Psychological Association, National Association of School Psychologists, American Dietetic Association, and Council of Social Work Education, have refrained from developing specific personnel recommendations. All of the organizations are encouraging and supporting inservice training opportunities. They indicate little interest in extending the length of existing training programs or adding to certification or licensing requirements. A list of 19 references is included. Appendixes contain the survey questions and an annotated bibliography of 16 references on personnel preparation issues. (JDD)
Descriptors: Certification, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Infants, Inservice Education, Personnel Needs, Preschool Education, Professional Associations, Professional Education, Professional Training, State Programs, State Standards, Teacher Education, Toddlers
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.; North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Carolina Inst. for Child and Family Policy.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments 1986