ERIC Number: ED350747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Consumer Advocacy and Supported Employment: A Vision for the Future.
Brooke, Valerie, Ed.; And Others
This monograph presents the philosophy of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Supported Employment (Virginia) concerning consumer advocacy and supported employment for persons with disabilities. An introductory chapter looks at origins of supported employment, its relationship to consumer advocacy, and challenges facing these fields. Eleven issues are then addressed, including: (1) career advancement; (2) choice and empowerment; (3) systems barriers; (4) families; (5) consumer and professional partnerships; (6) recognition of qualifications separate from education; (7) affordable and accessible housing; (8) access to assistive technology; (9) consumer feedback to professionals; (10) supported employment group options; and (11) referral and/or resource systems. Another chapter looks at implications of a consumer empowerment approach to the design of human service systems. A final chapter uses a case study format to describe the organization and development of a consumer advocacy organization, including selecting a leader, developing a communication system, establishing a funding base, and identifying funding options. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adults, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Career Development, Case Studies, Consumer Education, Disabilities, Organizational Development, Organizations (Groups), Program Development, Referral, Resources, Self Advocacy, Supported Employment, Technology, Vocational Rehabilitation
Virginia Commonwealth University, Rehabilitation, Research and Training Center, VCU Box 2011, 1314 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23284-2011 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.