ERIC Number: ED403691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The Work Experience Survey (WES) Manual: A Structured Interview for Identifying Barriers to Career Maintenance. A Service Provider's Guide.
Roessler, Richard T.; And Others
This manual provides information on and instructions for administering the Work Experience Survey (WES), a 30- to 60-minute structured interview methodology to help individuals with disabilities direct their own accommodation planning. Section 1 describes the WES, which consists of six sections: (1) background information on the respondent, (2) an accessibility checklist, (3) essential job functions checklist, (4) job mastery survey, (5) job satisfaction survey, and (6) accommodation plan. Section 2 reports on a demonstration of the WES with employees with multiple sclerosis, resulting in identification of job barriers, barrier removal, and increased job mastery and satisfaction. Section 3 discusses reasonable accommodation strategies and resources based on requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act such as the restructuring of existing facilities, modification of work schedules, modification of equipment, and flexible personal leave policies. Sources of information are cited. Section 4 is on requesting reasonable accommodations, which is viewed as an employee-initiated collaborative process. Guidelines cover identifying career adjustment barriers, initiating requests for accommodation reviews, implementing reasonable accommodations with the cooperation of the employer, and administrative and legal resources. Appended are the WES survey form, case studies, and a list of resources. (Contains 28 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assertiveness, Check Lists, Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Employer Employee Relationship, Empowerment, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Interviews, Job Skills, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Vocational Evaluation, Work Experience
Arkansas Research and Training Center in Vocational Rehabilitation, Arkansas University, P.O. Box 1358, Hot Springs, AR 71902; telephone: 501-624-4411 ($5 for Manual; $7.50 Inst. Packet).
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Hot Springs. Arkansas Research & Training Center in Vocational Rehabilitation.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990