Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation - Volume 15, issue 2-3
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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 describes the history of a movement begun in the early 1990s that has made it possible for hundreds of people with disabilities throughout the United States to become homeowners. The article begins by highlighting the relevant funding sources, legislation, and policies that have influenced opportunities for people with disabilities to become homeowners. It concludes with a discussion of the accomplishments and impact of the homeownership initiative nationwide.
Keywords: homeownership, legislation, funding, National Home of Your Own Alliance
Abstract: In the last decade, homeownership has become a reality for hundreds of people historically excluded from what is perhaps the most sought-after American dream. Over the last decade, through the efforts of many individuals and organizations, a great deal has been learned about overcoming obstacles, capitalizing on opportunities, and navigating the process of purchasing a home. This article discusses the findings of a national survey of 26 homeownership initiatives and of technical assistance activities and outcomes…in the 23 states involved in one federally supported initiative, the National Home of Your Own Alliance.
Keywords: homeownership, National Home of Your Own Alliance, research
Abstract: As professionals and policymakers gain a clearer understanding of the critical role choice and control play in people's lives, homeownership is increasingly being considered a desirable community housing option for people with disabilities. Personal futures planning (PFP) supports an individual's lifestyle choices and control. In addition, it is a grassroots planning and community-building effort that emphasizes team action planning to achieve desired outcomes. Because of these values and practices, PFP is a frequently…proposed approach to working through the homeownership process with people with disabilities. This article uses a PFP framework to identify the steps, activities and key questions to be explored by interested homebuyers with the support and assistance of a team of their allies.
Keywords: homeownership, disabilities, personal futures planning
Abstract: Although homeownership opportunities for individuals with disabilities are expanding nationally, they are still the exception rather than the rule. One reason for this is a limited exploration of the knowledge, roles, and responsibilities needed by professionals. The purpose of this article is to: 1) describe a person-centered approach for supporting individuals with disabilities in becoming homeowners; and 2) use suggestions and strategies identified by professionals to define the knowledge, roles, and responsibilities…needed by other professionals.
Keywords: homeownership, Professional roles and responsibilities, Person-centered planning
Abstract: Affordable housing describes those programs and resources that assist persons with low and moderate incomes in overcoming their barriers to homeownership. Such programs include: specialized mortgage loan products, homebuyer education and counseling programs, rehabilitation and remodeling of properties, and the provision of financial subsidies to assist with down payment and closing cost requirements. This article discusses the three levels of partnerships rehabilitation professionals must develop with community partners: (1) individual-to-individual; (2) organization-to-organization;…and (3) multi-organizational.
Keywords: affordable housing, community partners, homeownership for persons with disabilities
Abstract: The last three decades of deinstitutionalization have not fulfilled their promise of creating full lives in inclusive communities for persons with intellectual disabilities. There are too many adults still living with their aging parents, or in regimented group homes that seem like nothing more than smaller versions of the institutions they left. The recent initiatives for self-determination and self-directed services hope to restructure our approach to providing support and thereby finally fulfill the promise of building…inclusive communities. This paper provides an informal case study of how one young man and his family have benefited from this move to self-directed services. We tell the story of Ian Ferguson moving into a home of his own. As part of that story, we describe two support strategies that have emerged as crucial to the success of his living a life on his own. We describe the Personal Support Agent (PSA) and Community Service Brokerage (CSB), connect them with the principles of self-determination and report how they have actually been applied in Ian's life.
Keywords: homeownership, significant intellectual disability, self-determination, Personal Support Agents, Community Service Brokerage
Abstract: Advocates of homeownership for individuals with disabilities and low-incomes claim that multiple benefits are associated with homeownership versus renting. However, little data exist to support these claims. This qualitative study used a focus group to explore the impact of homeownership on the lives of adults with disabilities and low-incomes. Results indicate that participants are extraordinarily satisfied with their homes, neighborhoods, and status as homeowners. They also expressed more self-determination behaviors and skills…since becoming homeowners. However, data also indicate that these homeowners may experience different and perhaps less community presence and participation than they did as renters.
Keywords: homeownership, disabilities, low-income, qualitative research
Abstract: The Louisiana Home of My Own (LA-HMO) initiative conducted four social validation strategies: (1) satisfaction of homeowners and their team members with the houses purchased by the homeowners; (2) desirability of the purchased homes from the perspectives of other potential homeowners; (3) preliminary analyses of homeowners' monthly housing expenses and support costs to determine emerging costs and potential benefits; and (4) community acceptance of homeowners. The results indicate that consumers are satisfied…with the houses purchased by homeowners; financial benefits are beginning to accrue and are projected to increase over time; other potential homeowners rate the houses purchased by initiative homeowners as desirable; and neighbors are accepting and supportive of homeowners.
Keywords: homeownership, disabilities, social validation, benefits and costs, neighbors' attitudes