ERIC Number: ED311206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
National Assessment of Personnel Shortages and Training Needs in Vocational Rehabilitation.
Pelavin, Diane C.; And Others
To improve the services provided to clients in vocational rehabilitation, a study was conducted to determine what staff shortages exist by occupational discipline and which of them could be addressed by education and training. Data collection involved a questionnaire completed by 95 percent of the 83 directors of state agencies responsible for providing vocational rehabilitation services. Those responses were validated by a random sample of 10 percent of state-approved vocational rehabilitation facilities; responses were received from 234 of the 326 facilities contacted. The following were among the findings reported: (1) the areas of rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation administration, and rehabilitation of the blind have large numbers of unfilled positions, as do job placement and development, rehabilitation of the deaf, and independent living; (2) possible shortages exist in the areas of experimental and innovative services, rehabilitation engineering, interpreter training, orientation specialists and mobility specialists for the blind, and rehabilitation psychologists; (3) inadequate education was the primary contributing factor to an unsatisfactory pool of applicants in most shortage areas; and (4) the areas in which shortages most severely affect the greatest number of people were rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation of the blind, rehabilitation of the deaf, and vocational evaluation and work adjustment. (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see CE 053 185.