A case file review of employment outcomes from Community Rehabilitation Providers

Valentina Lukyanova, Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Fabricio Balcazar, Ashmeet Oberoi

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Abstract

Background: Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) are not-for-profit organizations that provide employment services to individuals with disabilities as subcontracts to vocational rehabilitation (VR) offices. Objective: The purpose of this studywas to identify facilitators to successful employment among individuals with disabilities. Methods:We analyzed 38 case files from individuals with disabilities served by CRPs that had been closed as being successfully employed. Results:We found that clients who were placed in jobs lived with their families, had previous work experience, and had strong job interview skills. They also had detailed written goals and needs; VR counselors often served as advocates between CRPs and the client, and they understood the difficulties of the current job market. On the other hand, clients who had difficulties in securing and maintaining employment experienced health-related issues, lack of reliable transportation, and challenging family situations. Conclusions: Findings indicate that there is a greater need for certain services, such as career development, job coaching, and training. The implications for vocational rehabilitation research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 29 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Community Rehabilitation Providers
  • Employment outcomes
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Vocational rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy

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