Vocational evaluation in supported employment

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Authors: Pat Rogan and David Hagner
Date: January-March 1990
From: The Journal of Rehabilitation(Vol. 56, Issue 1)
Publisher: National Rehabilitation Association
Document Type: Article
Length: 5,288 words

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Supported employment for individuals with severe disabilities has been aided by recent legislation defined in the Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act (P.L. 99-506), which contain a provision for developing an integrated work environment for individuals who cannot compete in traditional vocational settings because of a disability. The traditional approach to evaluating supported employment was examined and a new evaluation model was developed. Problems with traditional evaluations included limitations in screening methods which resulted in excluding many persons from the labor market. The validity of the testing methods to ascertain employment potential were also questioned; testing biases and limitations of the evaluator often influenced results. It is suggested that more focus be placed upon factors such as the work setting, social networks, and workplace cultures. To conduct an accurate evaluation, the setting of the review should more closely approach the potential work environment. A broader scope of career-related services should be emphasized and include job search, placement, training and follow-up. Priority should be set on finding an environment in which the individual will be successful, rather than screening out disabled individuals from specific community settings. The objective of supported employment is to provide a structured approach that also includes considerable individual flexibility. (Consumer Summary produced by Reliance Medical Information, Inc.)

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