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ERIC Number: ED352247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Rural Issues in Rehabilitation Service Delivery: A Goodwill Industries of America Study.
Larsen, Carmen O.; Foley, Jeffrey C.
American Rehabilitation, p30-38 Spr 1992
This article uses survey data to describe some common elements among rural vocational rehabilitation programs and differentiate them from their urban counterparts. The survey of 173 Goodwill Industries centers brought 78 responses. Thirteen centers (17%) characterized themselves as entirely rural; 22 (28%) as nonrural, and 43 organizations said they represented a mix. Respondents identified the services they offered and answered questions relating to area industries and employment. Results showed that Goodwills in rural areas had fewer job-skills training and outside job-placement programs than nonrural agencies. Mental illness, learning disabilities, and economic disadvantage dominated the perceived needs in rural communities. Transportation and funding also were identified as major problems. Four Goodwill programs using innovative service-delivery models are profiled: A center in Dayton, Ohio, developed a program using mobile vocational marketers; a health-care training program was developed in Muskogee, Oklahoma; satellite centers were used in Knoxville, Tennessee; and a Reading, Pennsylvania, center used a one-on-one job coaching method. The following approaches are also briefly discussed: (1) educational cooperatives; (2) case management; (3) rural marketing; (4) career development; (5) business advisory councils; (6) community participation; and (7) family participation. This document contains six tables describing the survey responses. Table 3A is entitled "Types of Skills Training Programs Offered by Participating Goodwills."
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Vocational Education, Community Characteristics, Disabilities, Educational Innovation, Job Placement, Job Training, Outreach Programs, Rehabilitation Programs, Rural Areas, Rural Education, Rural Urban Differences, Surveys, Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Training Centers
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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