ERIC Number: ED460448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Bridges to Inclusion: Supports for Youth At-Risk with Disabilities.
Roses and Thorns from the Grassroots: A Series Highlighting Organizational Change in Massachusetts, v3 Sum 1998
This organizational vignette is one in a multi-part series highlighting community providers. This particular issue spotlights Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc., of Boston, Massachusetts, an organization that works with youth at risk, many of whom have developmental disabilities. The collaboration between Bridge and the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) to develop a program to address the problem of youth with disabilities among the Bridge population is described. Program components included: (1) training to increase the capacity of providers to work effectively with youth at risk with disabilities; (2) a case consultation model in which ICI staff offered feedback, suggestions, and resource recommendations to Bridge staff who identified youth with known or suspected disabilities; (3) an Advisory Committee of representatives from different agencies who were knowledgeable in rehabilitation, secondary and post secondary education, mental health, mental retardation, public health, community health, homelessness, and housing; (4) a monthly seminar series that discussed a particular topic identified by staff; (5) youth support on the career/job search process, including self-determination training; and (6) student portfolios to encourage self-reflection. The outcomes of the Bridge/ICI collaboration and the information gained from the project are identified. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Career Development, Change Strategies, Community Programs, Consultation Programs, Developmental Disabilities, Disability Identification, Employment Services, High Risk Students, Integrated Services, Models, Organizational Change, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Secondary Education, Self Determination, Staff Development, Youth Programs
Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP, Developmental Evaluation Center, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115. Tel: 617-355-5612; Tel: 617-355-6956 (TTY); e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.childrenshospital.org/ici.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.
Note: Theme issue.