ERIC Number: ED334748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Four Years of Follow-Up of Mentally Retarded School Completers.
Gordon, Elizabeth; Goldbach, Robert L.
The report documents the follow-up of mentally retarded school completers in the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) area, begun with parents/guardians of students who completed their special education programs in 1985-86 (N=73) and also in 1986-87 (N=60) and preliminary follow-up of a 1990 cohort (N=102). Findings for the first two groups are reported in terms of living arrangements, work situations, competitive employment, training and placement, work histories, and physical and emotional disabilities. The 1990 cohort is discussed in terms of living arrangements, work situations, job placements, post-school training, parent/guardian involvement in transition planning, and comparison with other cohorts. Numerous tables detail the findings. Major conclusions from findings for the first two groups are a lack of progress in the participants' circumstances both for work (only 32 percent are in competitive work) and living arrangements (73 percent live with parents or guardians) and a dominance of traditional service options. Implications for transition programs are drawn. Findings for the 1990 cohort include 91 percent living with parents or guardians and work placements arranged for 64 percent. No substantial difference was found between the 1990 and earlier cohorts in living, working, and training situations. Includes 32 references and an appendix describing transitional services at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. (DB)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Employment, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Housing, Job Placement, Longitudinal Studies, Mental Retardation, Parent Role, Place of Residence, Postsecondary Education, Quality of Life, Transitional Programs, Vocational Adjustment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Sponsor: Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust.
Authoring Institution: Health and Welfare PLANNING Association, Pittsburgh, PA.; Community Research Associates, Pittsburgh, PA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh)