ERIC Number: EJ726477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 7
Prevocational Services: A Resource for Enhancing a Functional Academic Curriculum
Miller, Jerry; Thompson, Elizabeth M.
RE:view: Rehabilitation Education for Blindness and Visual Impairment, v37 n1 p42 Spr 2005
Developing appropriate prevocational services for students with visual impairments and additional severe disabilities presents a challenge. A recent pilot transition program acknowledged this difficulty by deciding that "the inclusion of students, who require an extraordinary amount of individual attention to learn skills, would detract from the programs' ability to provide an appropriate experience for other students" (Jorgensen-Smith & Lewis, 2004, p. 212). Saint Joseph's School for the Blind has found that challenge heightened by the need to incorporate prevocational training into a schedule that includes New Jersey core curriculum content standards, essential therapy, and specialist services. However, the school has designed a prevocational program that is meeting the challenge. It offers training, but not employment, and provides opportunities for students of varying ability levels to explore, practice, and experiment with structured learning and work-related activities, both on and off campus. This article describes the details of this prevocational program.
Descriptors: Visual Impairments, Special Schools, Prevocational Education, Program Descriptions, Job Skills, Mathematics Skills, Language Skills, Specialists, Special Education Teachers, Interprofessional Relationship
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey