ERIC Number: ED358626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Community Transition Teams: A Research and Development Report.
Riches, Vivienne C.; Parmenter, Trevor R.
This report describes a pilot program of the New South Wales (Australia) Department of Education to develop community transition teams as part of an effort to provide transition education to people with disabilities. The project is based on a model developed in Oregon and stresses assisting each community to work cooperatively to assess local needs (as distinct from individual student needs), to identify gaps in service provisions, and to promote comprehensive planning and effective service delivery. A five-phase approach was implemented and evaluated: (1) team building, (2) needs assessment, (3) program planning, (4) program implementation, and (5) evaluation of annual accomplishments. The model has proven successful, with establishment of 10 local teams. The project identified such issues as determining who takes responsibility for providing a needed service, difficulties in establishing a community identity and good working relationships, the need to involve high school personnel more, and the importance of developing networks within and between community transition teams. Appendices provide formats for needs assessments and identification of top priority standards for both 1989 and 1990. (Contains 13 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Programs, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Models, Needs Assessment, Pilot Projects, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Teamwork, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Macquarie Univ., North Ryde (Australia). School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Australia