ERIC Number: ED479823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-29
Reference Count: N/A
POWER: Providing Options for the Workplace, Education and Rehabilitation. Final Report.
Rickard, Patricia L.
This final report describes activities and accomplishments of a 3-year federally supported project that provided 326 students, ages 18-21, with developmental disabilities employment training through five community colleges and three K-12 system adult education systems. Program sites were in California, Iowa, Ohio, and North Carolina. The program utilized the POWER (Providing Options for the Workplace, Education, and Rehabilitation) model. This model has three major components: (1) a standardized performance-based assessment instrument that determines the level of support needed; (2) a computerized data management system for reporting accountability data for individual and program certification; and (3) curriculum and training modules that link assessment with instruction. Evaluation indicated that although model implementation varied across the sites, students were prepared in employment skills for career development, workplace basics/community integration, and use of natural supports. The program also led to workplace-related curriculum reform in the participating community college programs. The project provided training for site coordinators through workshops and technical assistance involving an Internet forum, e-mails, teleconferences, and site visits. Among 17 appendices are POWER marketing materials, sample POWER quarterly articles, POWER curriculum samples, sample POWER management system reports, sample training agendas, POWER evaluation surveys, a competency list, and an instructional materials guide. (DB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Education, Community Colleges, Computer Oriented Programs, Curriculum Based Assessment, Developmental Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Inservice Education, Management Information Systems, Models, Postsecondary Education, Transitional Programs, Vocational Evaluation, Vocational Rehabilitation, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System, San Diego, CA.
Note: Prepared by the Foundation for Educational Achievement/CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System).