ERIC Number: ED366163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
A Dispersed Heterogeneous Placement Supported Employment Model: An Innovative Alternative for Transitioning Students with Mental Retardation from School To Work. Year 2 Report.
Nietupski, John A., Ed.; Chappelle, Sandra A., Ed.
The Dispersed Heterogeneous Placement (DHP) supported employment project involved dispersal of three to five consumers across several departments/areas in a larger business or across several businesses in close proximity. The individuals placed had a wide range of talents and disability severity levels. Typically, a four-person site might have one person with mild retardation, two with moderate retardation, and one with severe or profound retardation. A combination of a single job coach and natural coworker support was provided to foster successful employment and social integration. Six sites were established over the 2 project years, offering nontraditional job opportunities in leading community firms. The job retention rate was lower than desired, and strategies for improving the success rate are suggested. Following the project description, four papers are presented, with the following titles and authors: "Dispersed Heterogeneous Placement: A Model for Transitioning Students with a Wide Range of Abilities to Supported Employment" (John Nietupski and others); "Incorporating Sales and Business Practices into Job Development in Supported Employment" (John Nietupski and others); "Leveraging Community Support in Approaching Employers: The Referral Model of Job Development" (John Nietupski and others); and "Job Retention within the DHP Project" (Sandra Chappelle and John Nietupski). (Some papers contain references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Community Support, Education Work Relationship, Employment Programs, Job Development, Job Placement, Labor Turnover, Mental Retardation, Mild Mental Retardation, Models, Moderate Mental Retardation, Placement, Program Implementation, Referral, Secondary Education, Severe Mental Retardation, Social Integration, Supported Employment, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City.