ERIC Number: ED443230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-16
Reaching Individuals with Disabilities Early (RIDE) Project: Individuals with Disabilities Act, Non-Directed Model Demonstration Project. Final Report.
Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Shelbyville, KY.
This final report discusses the components and outcomes of the RIDE (Reaching Individuals with Disabilities Early) Project, a program that supports the inclusion of young children with disabilities in their school environments, homes, and communities. The core component of the RIDE Model, Students' Success and Inclusion in the Regular Education Process, is made possible by the following elements: (1) access to assistive technology; (2) training, which includes teachers, parents, children, and other professionals; (3) on-site and on-demand technical support for educators, parents, and students; and (4) a Central Lending Library of assistive devices so that school districts can try out devices before they buy devices. The model was developed during the first 3 years in 16 sites in 6 school districts. At the end of the third year, the project was approved for the final 2 years of field-testing. Field test sites were 8 schools in 3 school districts. During the 5-year period, 136 children were referred and 73 were served following assessment. Results indicate children participating in the RIDE Project demonstrated significant improvements in their assistive technology utilization. This report discusses the project's goals and objectives, conceptual framework, participants, problems encountered, evaluation findings, and future activities. (Contains 26 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Shelbyville, KY.