Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation - Volume 13, issue 3
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Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation will provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of information about the major areas that constitute vocational rehabilitation.
Periodically, there will be topics that are directed either to specific themes such as long-term care or different disability groups such as those with psychiatric impairment. Often a guest editor who is an expert in the given area will provide leadership on a specific topic issue. However, all articles received directly or submitted for a special issue are welcome for peer review. The emphasis will be on publishing rehabilitation articles that have immediate application for helping rehabilitation counselors, psychologists and other professionals in providing direct services to people with disabilities.
Original research articles, review articles, program descriptions, and case studies will be considered for publication. Ideas for special topical issues are welcomed as well.
Abstract: This article reviews the specialized needs of Deaf individuals in supported employment. The primary focus will be the discussion of common challenges and strategies for effectively providing services to Deaf people; both those with disabilities, and those who have immigrated to the United States from developing countries. Inclusion into the workplace, successful assessment, job placement, and ongoing support strategies will also be discussed.
Keywords: deaf people with disabilities and employment, supported employment, cultural and linguistic minority groups
Abstract: While vocational rehabilitation for people with a diagnosis of a mental illness is recognised as a service delivery priority in Australia, Government sector roles, policy settings, legislation and structural characteristics of the labour market, impede its operation. The result is that well-established models of rehabilitation, such as transitional employment, have difficulty adapting to the Australian environment. The authors present their views on salient aspects of the Australian environment including the separation of…clinical and rehabilitation services, public funding arrangements, workforce regulations and high unemployment levels. Contextual features with specific implications for Australians with psychiatric disability are highlighted. Comparisons are drawn between the Australian framework for vocational rehabilitation and that which exists in the United States of America. Finally, challenges and opportunities facing service providers in Australia are identified and discussed.
Abstract: In this manuscript, the author focuses on the history of supported employment, tracing its origin from the late seventies into the nineties. As a basis, the author calls upon the resources of a literature review. Surprisingly, there is notable similarity found in the issues addressed by the various authors, notwithstanding the passage of time. The author provides an account of the similarities and finally suggests how the field of supported employment could profit from revisiting its…history as the field attempts to respond to its critics.
Keywords: historical aspects of supported employment, supported employment, disability and employment
Abstract: The establishment of business based supports for workers with disabilities can increase opportunities for secure employment with good pay, benefits, and advancement for people with moderate and severe mental retardation. This article describes a model that helps companies build their capacities to support workers with disabilities. A corporate or community based liaison is available to guide and provide technical assistance during this internal process, which involves: analyzing existing workplace supports and modifying…or creating new strategies or activities that enable people with disabilities to participate in all phases of the employment process.
Keywords: business based supports, workplace supports, employment and mental retardation
Abstract: Objective: This study statistically analyzed the responses of 11,959 clients to the Texas Rehabilitation Commission's 1996 Client Satisfaction telephone survey in order to assess the dimensions of client satisfaction and to identify predictors of client satisfaction. Results: Four components were found to underlie most of the survey questions: satisfaction with employment, satisfaction with services, responsiveness to the client, and client participation in the rehabilitation process. Additional analysis found that a combination of…four variables was moderately successful in predicting satisfaction with services: satisfied with how long it took to provide services, responsiveness to the client, closure status, and understanding what services were available. Conclusions: In measuring client satisfaction, VR agencies should be mindful that satisfaction is a multidimensional concept. More importantly, VR staff should recognize that satisfaction with services rests more on the way clients are treated than any other variables, including whether or not their rehabilitation ends in employment.