Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Special Education and Communication Disorders
Sandra K. Squires
John W. Hill
Jack A. Hill
What students who have mental retardation do upon graduation has become a major concern of the 80?s. Over fifteen years ago parents of moderately retarded adults expressed concerns about the quality of life their children experienced after graduation (Stanfield, 1973). Data from 120 parent interviews showed that 40% of their children worked in a sheltered work setting, 2% worked for a family business, 11% attended an activity center and a large portion of them, 44% were not employed or were in a habitation program. Over ten years later, another follow-up study indicated unemployment at a rate of 67% in the moderately and severely handicapped population (Wehman, 1981).
Yasson, Rita J., "The use of goal setting by a mentally retarded woman to increase productivity and reduce errors in a competitive job training site" (1987). Student Work. 175.