Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation - Volume 2, 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: Editor's note. Often, invited joumal articles are culled from leading innovators and researchers in the field. These authors share their studies or inclinations with readers and represent trends in the field. This is a vital service in continued education. Yet, those at the core of these studies and trends – the recipients of services – rarely have an opportunity to offer their thoughts and ideas on the process. Therefore, I am excited to introduce an article by a man who has defied the odds. Indeed, Jim Prentice is a person the system wanted to give up on. Jim has cerebral…palsy and uses a wheelchair. His mostfunctional physical asset is the use of his thumb, which he uses to propel his motorized chair and activate his communicator. Yet, Jim is gainfully employed and enjoys a lifestyle similar to most readers. This is Jim's story.
Abstract: Integration of workers with severe disabilities is a critical outcome of supported employment, but in practice it has been difficult to achieve. Few intervention strategies have been empirically validated. This article reviews data-based research designed to increase the social interactions of workers with severe disabilities in supported employment settings. The literature is divided into four areas for review: social skills instruction, problem solving, self-management, and coworker assistance. Specific interventions for increasing integration are analyzed and evaluated with suggestions for best practice of instructional techniques. Recommendations for future research are discussed.