Training Persons with Mental Disabilities as Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management scouts

in HortTechnology
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Robert T. Eddy Graduate Research Assistant. Dept. of Horticulture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47906-1165.

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Clifford S. Sadof Assistant Professor. Dept. of Entomology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47906-1165.

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Horticulture businesses will be encouraged to hire qualified individuals with disabilities due to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Maintaining a safe workplace is a considerable challenge due to the use and storage of restricted-use pesticides. In a vocational training program, two persons with mental disabilities were trained to be effective Integrated Pest Management scouts using systematic teaching procedures. Trainees acquired employable skills while providing a service that enabled management to reduce use of conventional pesticides on a greenhouse poinsettia crop by up to 65%.

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