To ensure that it is not our clients who get left behind, we need to think of new vocational rehabilitation
strategies to bridge that gap between the labor market and our clients.
They point to the initial failure of vocational rehabilitation
to take advantage of Social Security Trust Funds to rehabilitate their clientele and to the delays and red tape required for cost reimbursement.
Moreover, the 1990 Employment Promotion Act for people with disabilities excluded people with mental retardation, developmental disabilities, and cerebral palsy who required intensive vocational rehabilitation
planning, because in practice the Act focused solely on vocational rehabilitation
of people with physical disabilities or mild mental disabilities (Kim, 1999).
counseling at a distance: Challenges, strategies and ethics to consider.
Joint RSA/CSAVR Vision and Strategies for Streamlining the Public Vocational Rehabilitation
counselors may not understand the cognitive and fatigue limitations or have the knowledge and/or skill to develop aggressive, early accommodations to help preserve employment.
To prepare for the changes, the Council for State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
(CSAVR) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) began meeting to restructure and redesign the VR program.
Current interest in vocational rehabilitation
among people with mental illness brings the development of several innovative vocational rehabilitation
strategies with promising results.
Jeanne Munro, current Director of the Washington Division of Rehabilitation Services and President of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
(CSAVR) at the time of the forum, greeted the attendees and emphasized the strong state-federal partnership that characterizes the public VR program and the need for IRI to present cutting edge solutions to the challenges facing people with disabilities in achieving meaningful employment and community integration.
Although vocational rehabilitation
has been recognized as an important perspective in order for people with disabilities to achieve full participation (Deng, 1995; He, 1995), it has not been incorporated into the rehabilitation service delivery system.
Over the past several years, state vocational rehabilitation
(VR) programs throughout the country have been involved in fundamental redesign of the management and delivery of VR services.
Consumers measurement in vocational rehabilitation
in Alaska calendar year 1975.