ERIC Number: ED393222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Diffusion Network Project. Final Report. Volume I: Technical Report. Volume II: Program Descriptions. Volume III: Coding Instructions and Variables.
Botterbusch, Karl; Menz, Fredrick E.
The goals of this project were to demonstrate the use of a diffusion approach to develop replicable effective community-based models which pursue community integration goals for individuals with severe disabilities, and to extend the adoption of community-based integration practices by rehabilitation and consumer organizations. The project established 11 community-based and community-designed rehabilitation programs to provide employment and independent living services to consumers with psychiatric disabilities (N=187) or traumatic brain injury (N=29). Most clients moved into independent housing during their first 6 months with local programs. Unemployment among clients was reduced from 72% to 35%, although these jobs generally remained unskilled, part-time, and low-wage. The first volume of the project report analyzes consumer characteristics, program participation, consumer benefits, impact on facilities, capacity building, shared program characteristics, best practices, and common problems found among local programs. The first volume also describes data collection and analysis procedures. The second volume provides descriptions of each local program, including the Vocational Options Model (Duluth, Minnesota); Project SAFE (Skill Acquisition For Employment) (South St. Paul, Minnesota); Supported Employment Program (Faribault, Minnesota); Scott-Carver Employability Project (Shakopee, Minnesota); Living Independently Through Employment Support (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); CMI Employment/Community Integration Services (Medford, Wisconsin); Coordinated Employment Services (Buffalo, Minnesota); Transitional Employment Options (Fergus Falls, Minnesota); Supported Employment for Persons with TBI (Sheboygan, Wisconsin); Community Connections Program (Milwaukee, Wisconsin); and Community-Based Employment Program for Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury (Appleton, Wisconsin). Numerous appendices provide program administration materials. The third volume contains coding instructions and lists of variables for consumer referral and demographic information, consumer progress and outcomes, and consumer success. (PB)
Descriptors: Adults, Community Programs, Diffusion (Communication), Emotional Disturbances, Employment Programs, Employment Services, Head Injuries, Independent Living, Information Networks, Models, Neurological Impairments, Normalization (Disabilities), Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Severe Disabilities, Social Integration, Vocational Rehabilitation
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Improving Community Based Rehabilitation Programs, Menomonie, WI 54751-0798 (Volume I, $18.95; Volume II, $19.75; Set of first two volumes, $35; Volume III, not part of set but available upon request from the Center).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (ED), Washington, DC.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ.-Stout, Menomonie. Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Inst.