Graduate project

Transition from school to work : a model for the developmentally disabled hearing impaired

The developmentally disabled hearing impaired is a growing population with unique needs for services. The goal of any agency providing services to this population is to maximize independence, productivity and community integration. This document outlines a model service delivery plan to facilitate transition from school to work. It focuses on the role of the parent, special and vocational educators, rehabilitation counselors, local business advisors and independent living/community service providers. The establishment of an interagency task force and a deaf advisory committee is recommended to coordinate these responsibilities. Collaboration and cooperation are the keys to effective programming. This model addresses adaptations, modifications and accommodations necessary to provide quality services to the developmentally disabled hearing impaired.