Development of volunteer involvement of disabled employees & supervisors from high tech
Award last edited on: 12/19/14

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Sarah Patton

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Harold Russell Associates Inc

235 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA 02451
Location: Single
Congr. District: 05
County: Middlesex

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Harold Russell Associates (HRA) has recently conducted a national field study concerning coordination of SPED, VR and Voc. Ed. services and practices which facilitate the transition of handicapped youth from school to work. While many coordination practices were Identified, HRA staff was not able to document any systematic involvement of industry representatives in the vocational preparation of handicapped youth. Moreover, HRA noted no significant involvement of successfully employed disabled individuals. The result is that handicapped youth and adults are deprived of role models and mentors who can assist them in choosing careers, preparing for careers and in seeking a job.HRA will develop models for systematically involving disabled employees and their supervisors as mentors in the preparation of handicapped youth and adults for employment in the high technology marketplace. Models will also be developed for integrating SPED, VR and Voc. ed. resources so as to avoid duplication of industry involvement and involving industry volunteers in Joint in-service training. Project tasks include criteria development meetings with state officials identifying potential school districts, VR offices and Voc. ed. facilities conducting a feasibility study preparing model utilization plans convening a Research Advisory Committee and preparing a Final Report.Anticipated Results and Commercial Application:Phase I Will result in a model utilization plan for the involvement of disabled employees and their supervisors from high technology companies in the vocational preparation and placement of handicapped youth and adults. Included in the plan will be ways of integrating SPED, VR and Voc. Ed. resources so as to avoid duplication of industry involvement and overtaxing of industry resources, and models for involving industry volunteers in joint agency in-service training.During Phase II, selected approaches and techniques in the model utilization pan will be demonstrated and evaluated by schools, VR agencies and Voc. Ed. facilities. Live presentations will be captured in written and audio-visual form and converted into vocational preparation materials for commercial distribution. Project staff will also prepare vocational Guides and Manuals which describe the model and proven techniques for involving industry volunteers. The Guides and Manuals will be made commercially available to schools and agencies throughout the country.

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