ERIC Number: ED404831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
The Rehabilitation Team: A Systematic Approach for Use of Technology in Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
Lown, Neil F.
This paper proposes a systematic approach to the application of assistive technology that takes advantage of the strengths of key members of the rehabilitation team. The report begins by describing the roles of the vocational rehabilitation counselor, the vocational evaluator, and the assistive technology practitioner. The limitations of the current fragmented system are outlined and a team approach geared toward bringing together the necessary expertise to evaluate the use of assistive technology is discussed. Several approaches to client placement are outlined. In the first, the counselor directly places clients with clear vocational objectives into employment without involving other members of the technology team. However, if vocational objectives are unclear, the client would be referred to the vocational evaluator, who would then determine if technology could be utilized to assist the client in entering employment and would call in the appropriate assistive technology practitioner based upon the area of the functional limitation. This approach, by designating the vocational evaluator as the professional who determines that technological intervention may be appropriate, would ensure that the utilization of technology would not be a chance occurrence. A worksite accommodation cost analysis survey is attached to the report. (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Vocational Rehabilitation Dept., West Columbia. Center for Rehabilitation Technology Services.