ERIC Number: ED413687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Inclusion of Women in the Randolph-Sheppard Program.
Tucker, Angula; Moore, J. Elton
The Randolph-Sheppard Act of 1936 established the Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility Program, more commonly known in most states as the Business Enterprise Program (BEP). The BEP is described as a program that provides persons with blindness with remunerative employment and self-support through the operation of vending facilities on federal property. A study interviewed 40 BEP directors to investigate the number of male and female facility managers and the reasons for the disproportionately low number of females. The study also sought to identify recruitment strategies to attract more females into the BEP. Results of the study found the percentage of females being referred to the program, being accepted into the program, completing the program, becoming licensed operators, and being assigned a facility is significantly lower than the percentage of males. The report recommends that State Licensing Agencies actively encourage female facility managers to serve on their Elected Committee of Blind Vendors, recruit both male and female minorities to participate in the BEP, examine their rules on placements to determine if females are at a disadvantage, actively market the program to create new facilities, consider implementing a policy of requiring vocational rehabilitation counselors to visit BEP facilities physically, and to conduct recruiting programs at residential schools for the blind. (Contains 61 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Adults, Blindness, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Facilities Management, Federal Programs, Females, Interviews, Minority Groups, Participation, Personnel Selection, Program Development, Recruitment, Sex Differences, Sex Discrimination, Visual Impairments, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision.