ERIC Number: ED399721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-4
Reference Count: N/A
Place/Train: Using the Mall as School.
Dent, Lillianne Massey; And Others
This paper describes a three-phase program which places students with disabilities into job sites in strip malls, enclosed malls, industrial parks, and individual businesses to prepare them for their transition to independent living. The paper explains that in phase 1 of the program students train at a different site each day; in phase 2, students train at one or two sites weekly to focus on more site-specific skills; and in phase 3, the student is placed at a specific training site. It outlines the functions of the transition core staff and the responsibilities of the teacher/job coach. A program success rate of 40 percent employment of graduates is reported. Stressed is the importance of supervision during the transition to independence. The handbook includes: (1) job development forms (a check list, teacher referral, parent permission, hold harmless, and business agreement); (2) job coaching forms (a student daily profile, task documentation, grading summary, student evaluation, and survey); and (3) supervisory forms (a student portfolio, master schedule, and semester task summary). Also attached are presentation summary sheets that can be used as overheads. The software that was used in creating the presentation materials is also described. (CR)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Planning, Community Programs, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Employment, Employment Experience, Independent Living, Job Development, Job Skills, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Teacher Responsibility, Transitional Programs, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (74th, Orlando, FL, April 1-5, 1996).