Consumer survival curriculum for the instruction of learning disabled incarcerated youth

The purpose of this study was to develop Consumer Survival skill educational programs for learning disabled incarcerated youth. Interest in this topic evolved from working with this population and discovering that a complete curriculum to meet their specialized needs was not available. The curriculum for basic Consumer Survival Education was targeted at teens and young adults of this unique group. It required pulling together current available resources and developing many original materials and teaching strategies. The materials were used and evaluated by four teachers who work with learning disabled incarcerated youth. Questionnaires and oral interviews were used for data collection. The results of the study indicated a need for mastery of consumer skills and therefore provided a firm base for acquiring additional, advanced life skills. Providing for functional competence in society was a goal of the curriculum. The results of the analysis were used to make additions and adaptations which would increase the relevancy of the curriculum.