ERIC Number: ED462806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Training Early Interventionists in Low Incidence Disabilities (September 1996-August 2000). Final Report.
Kaczmarek, Louise A.
This final report summarizes the objectives, activities and outcomes of a federally-funded project that was designed to add an interdisciplinary specialization in multiple disabilities for infants and toddlers to an existing Early Intervention Master of Education/Early Childhood Education Certificate Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Seven modules focusing on conditions and needs of infants/toddlers with multiple disabilities were developed and delivered as one-credit courses. The modules include: (1) vision impairments; (2) hearing impairments; (3) autism; (4) medically fragile conditions; (5) oral-motor/feeding; (6) communication; and (7) positioning, handling and mobility. The grant supported a total of 24 students, 17% of whom were from underrepresented groups. Of the 19 students who finished their graduate work, 14 went on to work with students with disabilities in either early intervention or school-aged programs, and 4 went on to work with typical students in high-risk programs for preschoolers. The report includes an appendix entitled: "Conceptual Bases for the Infant/Toddler Multiple Disabilities Specialization Modules." (SG)
Descriptors: Diversity (Student), Early Intervention, Higher Education, Infants, Interdisciplinary Approach, Masters Degrees, Material Development, Minority Groups, Multiple Disabilities, Personnel, Preschool Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Special Education, Toddlers, Training Methods, Young Children
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Dept. of Instruction and Learning.