Relationship between Knowledge of Employment-Related Public Policies and Occupational Outcome among Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

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Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling
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2009, vol. 40, issue 4, pp 9-16
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This study assessed whether knowledge of employment-related public policies was related to occupational outcome among people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and explored factors that facilitated their engagement in occupational activities. The sample was 57 individuals with SCI. Knowledge of public policies was assessed using a 16-item questionnaire covering legislation and programs including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Trial Work Period, and the Ticket to Work - Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999. Computer use and participation in educational activities at a time of injury were significantly related to occupational outcome. No significant relationship was observed between knowledge of the assessed public poliCies and occupational outcome. These policies can facilitate developing skills and obtaining goods and supports that can be important for positive occupational outcome subsequent to a life changing impairment such as SCI. Future research that evaluates what information is most importantfor whom and how to communicate it most effectively is warranted.
Forchheimer, M.B., Farrell, D.J., Tate, D.G.
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