ERIC Number: ED255800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Rehabilitation Services Integration in Israel: Employment of Older Disabled Persons.
Morrison, Malcolm H.
This paper describes the examination of a national rehabilitation system in Israel which was undertaken to identify and understand that country's vocational rehabilitation strategies and methods and to evaluate their potential for use with older disabled persons in the United States. A study visit to Israel is described which focused on policies and programs that provide assistance to older disabled persons seeking to return to employment. An overview of rehabilitation in Israel is provided, the history of Israel's rehabilitation policy is reviewed, and the social philosophy of rehabilitation in Israel is discussed. Three key elements of this philosophy are elaborated: the restoration of flexibility and freedom of choice to the client; careful diagnosis and coordination of rehabilitation services using a team approach; and a strong emphasis on recovery, defined as returning to productive activity. Some of the operational aspects of vocational rehabilitation programming are outlined, with particular attention to service provision to older clients. Six basic approaches in providing vocational rehabilitation services revealed by study site visits are explained. Research studies which have been undertaken by Israeli rehabilitation research professionals are reviewed, and the application of Israeli practices to rehabilitation policies in the United States is discussed. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: World Rehabilitation Fund, Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (37th, San Antonio, TX, November 16-20, 1984).