ERIC Number: ED356583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan-22
Reference Count: N/A
The Northern Virginia Supported Employment "Safety Nets" Demonstration Project. Final Evaluation Report (for October 1, 1991, through September 30, 1992).
Wurbacher and Associates, Takoma Park, MD.
This report describes results and conclusions of a third-party evaluation of a 1-year demonstration project in Alexandria (Virginia) to develop "safety nets" for 12 people with disabilities who were either unemployed or with a history of unemployment. An Employment Security Specialist worked with these individuals and their families to: (1) fashion an individual career development and employment security plan (safety net); and (2) identify, broker, coordinate, and assist in accessing and monitoring use of existing public and private services and resources. The evaluation reports major results in the areas of consumer development (nine consumers developed "safety net" plans); consumer choice and use of alternative activities and resources; and resource, staff, organizational, and systems development. It is concluded that the project demonstrated the value of such a planning approach for addressing career development and potential unemployment. The evaluation identified as areas of concern the supported employment funding and service delivery system, which does not currently support this type of activity, and the segregation of financing, planning, and delivery of supported employment services from other services. Attachments include a sample Individual Safety Net Plan, a resource list, guidelines developed for completing unemployment paperwork, and a report describing the essential elements of a competent supported employment service. (DB)
Descriptors: Adults, Agency Cooperation, Career Development, Career Planning, Consumer Education, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Employment Patterns, Employment Services, Financial Support, Individual Development, Individualized Programs, Social Services, Supported Employment, Unemployment, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wurbacher and Associates, Takoma Park, MD.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia