ERIC Number: ED381951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Personnel Shortages and Training Needs in Vocational Rehabilitation, 1992. Final Report.
Cohen, Jon; Pelavin, Diane
This study was designed to identify areas in the vocational rehabilitation (VR) field in which long-term training is likely to alleviate existing labor shortages and areas in which short-term training is critically necessary to ensure adequate service to VR clients. The study sought to paint a national picture of training needs affecting individuals eligible for state VR services. Data were collected in 1992 from 80 state VR directors, 402 facilities, 139 centers for independent living, and 48 client assistance programs. Highlights of the findings include: (1) the number of rehabilitation professionals employed by state agencies was relatively stable over the previous year, while providers of purchased services to state VR clients reported growth; (2) personnel shortages that could be alleviated by increasing long-term training opportunities include general rehabilitation counselors, counselors for the deaf, and orientation and mobility specialists; (3) possible shortages of outside providers exist in the areas of orientation/mobility specialists, rehabilitation engineers, technology specialists, and interpreters for the deaf; and (4) directors of state agencies reported critical training needs in the areas of general rehabilitation counselors, counselors for the deaf, orientation/mobility specialists, rehabilitation administrators, blindness specialists, rehabilitation teachers, and vocational evaluators. Appendices include 20 tables of survey data, 13 figures, and copies of survey forms. (JDD)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Education, Labor Supply, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Personnel Needs, Professional Education, Rehabilitation Programs, Staff Development, State Agencies, Teacher Shortage, Training, Vocational Rehabilitation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Policy and Planning (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.