ERIC Number: ED412369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Bridging Horizons. An Advisor's Guide to FFA Involvement for Members with Disabilities.
Ploss, Adrienne J.; Field, William E.; Frick, Martin J.
This guide is designed to provide Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisors with information to assist them in their efforts to include all youth in FFA, including those with disabilities. It addresses benefits of involving youth with disabilities and federal, state, and local legislation and regulations concerning people with disabilities. Practical suggestions are offered for changing attitudes toward students with disabilities. A section on supervised agricultural experience (SAE) programs for members with disabilities lists components of a well-designed SAE program, provides an SAE project selection checklist, and discusses task analysis of projects. Case examples are provided of youth with disabilities who have been active and successful in FFA. The next section offers practical ways to improve accessibility in the following areas: program; classroom; laboratory (shops, greenhouses, outdoor learning areas); FFA camp and fair building; and student farmstead. A brief overview of the most common types of disabilities describes general characteristics of different types of impairments and gives suggestions for how to work with youth in each respective disability area. Other contents include the following: information on scholarship opportunities for disabled students; definitions; a list of general resource people; and a list of names, addresses, and descriptions of support services and agencies. Contains 18 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Agricultural Education, Check Lists, Disabilities, Farm Visits, Federal Legislation, Secondary Education, Student Organizations, Student Participation, Supervised Occupational Experience (Agriculture)
National FFA Organization, 5632 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22309 (item BHAG, $5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Future Farmers of America, Alexandria, VA.