ERIC Number: ED090460
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Effectiveness of Paraprofessionals in the Rehabilitation Process.
Mitra, Sudhansu B.; And Others
This paper reports on a longitudinal Model Cities Project at Baltimore, the objective of which was to determine the effectiveness of the process of rehabilitation of handicapped persons residing in the Model Cities area when vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors assisted by rehabilitation aides were located within such area. The research design consisted of process evaluation and product evaluation. The process evaluation involved a two-part questionnaire and self-rating scale designed for use by the project counselors and aides. Statuses 00 (Referral), 10 (Plan Development), and 26 (Closed Rehabilitation) were selected for product evaluation based on the caseloads. Results of the questionnaire show the following: (1) aides are productive and their positions should be legally established and expanded; (2) aides' roles should be clearly delineated; (3) structured programs should be developed for their training and upgrading; and (4) they should have job security to improve their morale. Product evaluation shows that while aides require specific training in casefinding methods and in developing referral sources, they do render valuable help in many areas. The overall evaluation indicates that the project has succeeded to a degree in demonstrating an effective way of rehabilitating disabled residents of a large metropolitan city. (RWP)
Descriptors: Counseling Effectiveness, Field Studies, Nonprofessional Personnel, Physical Disabilities, Program Evaluation, Rehabilitation Counseling, Rehabilitation Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation
Dr. Sudhansu B. Mitra, Coppin State College, 2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21216
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Vocational Rehabilitation.