Vocational rehabilitation for persons with spinal cord injuries and other severe physical disabilities

Short Title:
Vocational rehabilitation for persons with spinal cord injuries and other severe physical disabilities
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J33978.
Journal:
American Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
1996, vol. 22, issue 4, pp
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Abstract:
Article cites results of a Louis Harris Poll on barriers to employment encountered by people with disability, including discrimination, potential loss of benefits, transportation issues, the need for a personal assistant, and the need for assistive technology. Federal policy initiatives addressing employment are reviewed with emphasis on the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1986, the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992. Suggestions for developing vocational rehabilitation (VR) strategies are then suggested, including: involving consumers directly when planning VR programs and specific placements; providing VR services in a "customer service culture" emphasizing peer mentoring, customer-directed career planning, and jobsite enabling through assistive technology and other accommodations; providing direct assistance with job placement; providing ongoing post-employment follow-along services; and identifying and obtaining outside supports as necessary. Includes several tables of guidelines and a case study of a successful VR effort.
Author(s):
Inge, K.; Wehman, P.; Kregel, J.; Targett, P. S.
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