School to Work Transition: Incorporating Workplace Literacy in the Curriculum for Individuals with Disabilities in New Zealand

By Franco Vaccarino, Niki Murray, Margie Comrie and Frank Sligo.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper proposes the incluson of workplace literacy in secondary schools for individuals with a disability

Keywords: Individuals with Disabilities, Workplace Literacy, Adolescent Literacy, Adult Literacy, Schools, Employers

International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 8, pp.69-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 895.066KB).

Dr. Franco Vaccarino

I’m from Italian heritage, raised in South Africa, and now living in Aotearoa/New Zealand! My background is in adult literacy and applied linguistics. My career in the adult literacy field started at a commercial bank in Johannesburg, South Africa, where we provided literacy classes to employees. Our students at the education centre ranged from those learning how to hold a pen and form letters to students who had degrees but needed Business English to operate in an English-speaking environment. At the University of South Africa I was involved in training individuals who wanted to become literacy facilitators, including prisoners. I was the national coordinator of prisoner-students in 55 prisons throughout South Africa. In a joint project by the University of South Africa and an NGO, I managed and coordinated a family literacy project in various sites throughout South Africa, including urban and rural areas, a farm school, a slum area, a mother-child prison, an AIDS-orphaned village, and a special needs school. I designed and developed adult literacy, post-literacy and non-formal education curricula for the Ministry of Education in the Republic of Mozambique. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow involved in a longitudinal research study of adult literacy and employment in New Zealand.

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