ERIC Number: ED402730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Supported Employment for People with Severe Mental Retardation.
NIDRR Consensus Statement, v1 n5 May 23-26 1993
This consensus report on supported employment for people with severe mental retardation was a product of a conference which brought together the expertise of consumers, practitioners, researchers, family members, and analysts. Determinants of success in supported employment for this population are identified along with critical issues for implementation, and research questions for the future. Principles agreed upon include the following: focus on supports, not labels; emphasis on the choices of the affected individuals, their families, and friends; individualized job matches; expanded involvement of people with severe mental retardation; and organizational commitment to improving choice and integration. Six specific issues are addressed: (1) the personal and functional characteristics of people with severe mental retardation who are presently included in supported employment; (2) the individualized practices and strategies currently used in successful supported employment outcomes; (3) the employer-developed strategies and practices which support successful outcomes; (4) the organizational structures and strategies which support successful implementation of supported employment; (5) the local community structures and policies (local, state, and federal) which support successful implementation; and (6) needed future research. (DB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Employment Potential, Employment Programs, Policy Formation, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Implementation, Research Needs, Severe Mental Retardation, Supported Employment, Vocational Rehabilitation
James E. Doherty, Room 3423, Department of Education, The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 40 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-2646; telephone: 202-205-9151.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Note: Product of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Consensus Validation Conference (May 23-26, 1993).