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ERIC Number: ED371808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-18
Pages: 35
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Providing Leaders in ADA Compliance: A Business/Education Alliance.
King, Diane
In an effort to help businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and equal opportunity employment practices, Miami-Dade Community College, in Florida, established the Microcomputer Education for Employment of the Disabled (MEED) Program, training disabled adults for careers as business applications software specialists. The MEED program focuses on technical skills training, job skills development, and interpersonal skills. Participants meet 8 hours a day, 4 to 5 days a week for 9 months, and then are placed in a 3-month internship with a local corporation. MEED is supported by Rotary International and over 100 local companies and organizations who comprise the Business Advisory Council. Council members provide resources, scholarships, equipment, and services and take active roles interviewing and selecting participants, delivering lectures, and acting as mentors. Throughout the program, the emphasis is on job readiness and placement. While MEED does not do direct job placement, it does teach the skills necessary for students to conduct their own searches. In most cases, no special accommodations are required to hire disabled persons. Visually impaired participants use text enlarging software and voice recognition technology provides full access for quadriplegics. Eighty percent of the 150 persons trained by MEED since its inception are employed in South Florida businesses with starting salaries ranging from $16,500 to $25,000. (Includes a graduate skills list, a curriculum sequence, eligibility requirements, and sample newsletters and fact sheets.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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