Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation - Volume 29, issue 1
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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: Employer views of people with disabilities and vocational rehabilitation programs have evolved along with societal views of disability and legislative initiatives to prevent employment discrimination. This article discusses relevant literature on these employer perspectives, relates these perspectives to an evolving paradigm of dual customer and demand-side job development, and discusses the implications of these perspectives for job development practice, especially as they relate to facilitating job development with job seekers who have…requirements for unusual or extensive accommodation and support.
Abstract: The field of supported employment has changed over the past twenty years. Unfortunately, job developers continue to struggle with ways in which we can assist individuals with disabilities reach their career goals. Many jobs are being sent oversees while even more are being replaced by technology. This manuscript addresses the need for employment professionals in the disability community to look beyond the traditional job market and look more globally.
Abstract: Networking is considered one of the most effective ways to find employment, yet many in the field of supported employment do not use networking effectively. Many job developers continue to work with job seekers in applying for advertised positions. This manuscript describes ways that job developers and job seekers must work together to use their networks in order to enhance employment opportunities.
Abstract: To increase the probabilities of successful employment, job seekers with disabilities require precision assessment of their skills in relation to the job's requirements. Assessment of job seeker characteristics in relation to job requirements has been referred to as job matching. Ideally, job matching should be predicated on identification of an individual's job preferences and yield a listing of preferred jobs in terms of degree of match. This article describes job preference assessment, one method for assessing…degree of match across preferred jobs, and initial field evaluation. Results from 18 young adults with developmental disabilities indicate the web-based program may yield scores useful in assessing degree of job match. Results are discussed in terms of implications for job seekers with disabilities and the need for additional research.