ERIC Number: ED334513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
The Value of School-Based Rehabilitation Counselors.
Stempel, Audrey D.
In spite of the fact that movement has occurred, vocational education and job placement services for individuals with disabilities have produced few significant results in the past 10 years. Since school represents an institution where children gather on a consistent and long-term basis, the facilities are available and usually comprehensive, and the opportunities for collaboration and cooperation are almost boundless, it would seem sensible for school districts to employ rehabilitation counselors to become an integral part of the student services team. What seems to be at issue is a growing demand for services that remains unanswered. It is too late to begin the transition process after graduation, or even in the final year of formal education. Since each child with a disability is unique, individual transition plans must be developed for each, along with the individualized educational plan. The services of vocational rehabilitation are not entitlement services but eligibility services, meaning that although a child might qualify for special services in the school system, he or she may not qualify for rehabilitative services. That leaves many children outside the adult service delivery system with little or no preparation in the world of work. The development and coordination of services by a school based rehabilitation counselor can provide appropriate identification and utilization of resources in order to ensure that the full potential of children with disabilities is realized. (LLL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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