Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation - Volume 36, 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: In recent years the demand for Social Security benefits have increased while its resources stay the same. Persons who are disabled are among the more impacted Social Security beneficiaries. There are effective state and federally based Work Incentive Programs that can alleviate this burden and better assist disabled persons. Several studies examining Work Incentive programs are reviewed and recommendations based on their findings are given. This testimony was delivered to the United States House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittees on Social Security and Human Resources.
Keywords: Social Security Disability beneficiaries, WIPA, SSA, SSDI, SSI
Abstract: Hanophy compares Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Income as well as Ticket to Work to the public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program and methods of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR). His evaluation suggests better outcomes for the beneficiaries, tax payers, local and federal budgets using the VR and CSAVR programs.
Keywords: Vocational Rehabilitation, social security, CSAVR, disability, ticket to work
Abstract: The Employment and Training Task Force, of the CCD, coalition which advocates on behalf of people with disabilities and chronic conditions and their families, is a smaller group within the coalition that addresses Federal disability employment issues, working to secure national public policy that advances self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion in employment for individuals with disabilities. The Task Force supports improvements to Social Security disability work programs, critical avenues for social security beneficiaries to gain access to employment, to make it more effective in serving those who rely on it.
Keywords: CCD, Employment and Training Task Force, disability, WIPA, incentives
Abstract: Deb Russell, Diversity and Inclusion, Walgreens Co., Deerfield, Illinois, relates Walgreen's experience with Disability Inclusion Programs and Social Security Disability Programs. The process of disability inclusion proved beneficial to Walgreen's and its employees and created further opportunity for growth. As a result of the experiences thus far, Walgreen's has sought to mentor other companies in accommodating and training persons with disabilities to be intrinsic parts of the workforce. This testimony was delivered to the United States House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittees on Social Security and Human Resources.
Keywords: Social security disability programs, Walgreen's disability inclusion program
Abstract: Often, good intentions go wrong. Segregated and sheltered work and paying less than the minimum wage are perfect examples of that axiom. They are programs that were designed to help people with disabilities learn meaningful skills and obtain gainful employment, while protecting them from public judgment, ridicule, and shame. Today, we live in an era of evolving thinking about people with disabilities. Attitudes have changed. So have many laws. But most importantly, what has changed is the quality and quantity of information available illustrating that segregating and sheltering workers with disabilities and paying them less than minimum wage is no…longer the best course of action. It is time we value the unique skills and talents of people with disabilities and move toward full workplace integration. Through this report, NDRN casts a spotlight on the problems of segregated work, sheltered environments, and sub-minimum wages. This report identifies the barriers to employment that people with disabilities face and dispels myths about their capability to be fully employed, equally compensated, and an integral member of American workplaces and communities. It illustrates a systemic failure to provide hope and opportunity to young people with disabilities who want to transition into traditional work but instead wind up trapped in a sheltered workshop with little chance for something different.
Abstract: This study examined the vocational outcomes achieved by two groups of supported employees with intellectual disabilities – 12,767 supported employees who had been competitively employed within the preceding 36 months and were now looking for a new job (i.e., the “re-placed” cohort) and 12,767 supported employees who had not been employed previously and were looking for their first job (i.e., the “initial placement” cohort). Individuals in both cohorts were matched based upon their disability, the presence of secondary disabilities, and gender. Analyses determined that individuals who were in the re-placement cohort were more likely to be employed (71.1% versus 60.6%),…work more hours per week (22.30 versus 21.75), earn more wages per week ($144.11 versus $136.03), and cost less to serve ($4,424.35 versus $4,727.85) than individuals who were seeking their initial placement within the community.