ERIC Number: ED464441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
The Utilization of IWRP (IPE) Goals Other Than Competitive Employment for American Indians with Disabilities: A Preliminary Study. Final Report.
Schacht, Robert M.
This final report presents conclusions of a study of culturally appropriate employment goals in individual written rehabilitation plans (IWRPs) for American Indians with disabilities. It focuses on goals other than competitive employment and reviews national statistics on work status at closure from all state agencies and 18 tribal VR (vocational rehabilitation)projects. Results are also presented from focus group interviews with state and tribal VR counselors who have experience with placements involving alternatives to competitive employment. Factors in the success of and barriers to the success of these programs are discussed. Certain work status alternatives to competitive employment, especially self-employment, unpaid family worker, and homemaker, are suggested as appropriate for clients living in rural reservation communities. Recommendations urge: (1) recognition of the cultural importance of alternatives to competitive employment; (2) workshops highlighting effective and appropriate uses of the alternatives to effective employment; (3) fully informing clients about legal alternatives to competitive employment; (4) encouragement of self-employment solutions; (5) consultation involving the whole family unit; (6) case studies of successful examples of sheltered workshop programs; and (7) outcome assessments of unpaid family worker and homemaker placements. Four appendices provide additional data on the study's small businesses, focus groups, and data collection instrument. (Contains 35 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Adult Programs, Adult Vocational Education, American Indians, Case Studies, Cultural Influences, Disabilities, Employment Opportunities, Employment Programs, Individualized Programs, Rural Areas, Sheltered Workshops, Vocational Rehabilitation
American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Arizona University Affiliated Program, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 5630, Flagstaff, AZ 86011. Tel: 520-523-4971; Fax: 520-523-4791.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.