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ERIC Number: ED415647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 201
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Career Development for Non-Traditional Community College Students as Special Education Paraprofessionals. Final Report.
Harrison, Sharonlyn
This final report describes the Career Development for Non-Traditional College Students as Special Education Paraprofessionals Project, a Michigan project designed to develop career paths and employment opportunities for paraprofessionals who work with children, youth, and adults with disabilities. Its intent was to develop a value-based curriculum that focuses on community presence and participation, communicates guiding values, and emphasizes; human relationships and support to individuals with disabilities. While learning best practices in the field, students also developed the skills needed for successful academic work. Highlights of the project included: (1) creating career path possibilities for paraprofessionals; (2) affecting persons with developmental disabilities and their families through paraprofessional training experiences that provided a vision of community presence and participation; (3) developing an extensive curriculum and student handbook; (4) developing innovative recruitment strategies, including a closed-captioned video; (5) enhancing the status of the direct-care role through building career paths that allowed paraprofessional to obtain higher education and job advancement within the field; (6) increasing minority participants through targeted minority recruitment; and (7) teaching state of the art strategies to paraprofessionals. Appendices include a paraprofessional curriculum for community inclusion, course listings, and a technical assistance guide. (CR)
Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University, 268 Leonard Simons Building, 4809 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202; telephone: 313-577-2654.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI. Developmental Disabilities Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan