ERIC Number: ED329038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
The Impact of Transition from a Campus Residential Program to a Community-Based Supervised Apartment Program for Youth.
White, Jo Ann
This paper describes implementation of a transition program which resulted in the successful movement of eight young mentally retarded adults from a segregated residential setting to a supervised apartment program in the community. The youth and their families visited the apartments and jointly made the decision to participate in the program. They selected their own rooms and roommates. Training occurred prior to the move in the actual apartments and community in which they would live and work. Training included: safety issues; self-protection; location of the supermarket; public transportation; the nearest pizza shop; cooking; menu planning; and budgeting. Evaluation of the program found significantly improved adaptive behavior skills after the move and decreased maladaptive behavior. Changes in parent attitudes about such issues as safety, the physical facilities, and food are reported as are parents' changed judgments regarding their child's level of independence and social relationships. In general, parents were pleased about the move into the community. Interviews with the young adults themselves also indicated general satisfaction with the program, level of independence, and social relationships. (DB)
Descriptors: Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Attitude Change, Daily Living Skills, Deinstitutionalization (of Disabled), Independent Living, Mental Retardation, Parent Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Quality of Life, Safety Education, Self Care Skills, Social Integration, Student Attitudes, Transitional Programs, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation (Atlanta, GA, May 27-31, 1990).