ERIC Number: ED231995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Occupational Information System and Vocational Rehabilitation: A Concept Paper.
Moriarity, Joseph B.
As more legislation is passed pertaining to vocational rehabilitation (VR), the VR process becomes increasingly complex. Not only have the populations considered eligible for VR become more diversified, but so have client goals, the range of services offered, and the role of the rehabilitation counselor. This diversification has increased the need for an occupational information system for use by VR practitioners. In addition, the recent surge of technological advancements has increased the need for information pertaining to the ways in which jobs can be accommodated to individuals and vice versa. While many subtle differences exist between VR programs (individualized focus) and traditional manpower programs (aggregate demand focus) at the VR service delivery level, VR is like traditional manpower programs and has a significant need for timely, valid, occupational information. The VR counselor has need for this information, at least at key points in the VR process, including identification of vocational and career interests, selection of a vocational goal, revision of individualized written rehabilitation programs (IWRPs), and placement. To be of maximum use, a VR occupational information system should contain information pertaining to the following areas: geographic detail, current and projected occupational demand, work settings and conditions, education and training, complementary information on topics such as financial assistance, and supply and demand analysis. (MN)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Counselor Role, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Federal Legislation, Individualized Instruction, Information Needs, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Job Placement, Job Training, Needs Assessment, Occupational Information, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Rehabilitation Counseling, Services, Technological Advancement, User Satisfaction (Information), Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (DOL/ETA), Washington, DC.; North Carolina State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, Raleigh.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC.