ERIC Number: ED420799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
CHOICE. Career Help at Overbrook for Individuals Who Choose Employment. School-to-Work Outreach Project 1998 Exemplary Model/Practice/Strategy.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
CHOICE (Career Help at Overbrook for Individuals Who Choose Employment) has been identified as an exemplary school-to-work program that includes students with disabilities. This program at Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia serves students with a primary disability of blindness or severe visual impairment. Many have additional disabilities including mental retardation, cognitive and physical disabilities, and hearing impairments. Students aged 16-21 from Overbrook, area public schools, and college students are authorized by local vocational rehabilitation agencies to participate. The program provides students paid summer work experience to sharpen the vocational skills they acquire during the regular school year. The program has three components: individual student assessment, selective job development, and job support services. CHOICE has the three basic elements of school-to-work: school-based learning, work-based learning, and connecting activities. Overbrook teaching staff serve as job developers and trainers to gain a first-hand look at the importance of developing vocational competencies. Critical to CHOICE's success is the collaboration that has been developed and maintained with a variety of employers. Every student is assisted by a job coach who helps the student get acclimated to the job and regularly visits the work site to observe the student's progress. During the job development and job support phases, students and job coaches conduct sensitivity training to educate employers about visual disabilities. (YLB)
Descriptors: College Students, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Hearing Impairments, Higher Education, Mental Retardation, Partnerships in Education, Physical Disabilities, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Visual Impairments, Work Experience, Work Experience Programs
School-to-Work Outreach Project, Institute on Community Integration (UAP), University of Minnesota, 111 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.