ERIC Number: ED413716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Employment Retention after Vision Loss: Intensive Case Studies.
Crudden, Adele; Fireison, Cara K.
This study examined the lives of 10 individuals with blindness or severe visual impairment who maintained competitive employment despite their vision loss. The study was designed to provide information regarding the personal characteristics and current practices related to work environment alterations which enhance competitive employment retention. This was accomplished by using a step-wise format, with each individual project building on the information generated in the previous project (this is the third part of a three-part project). Through this process, the individual characteristics of persons likely to be successfully retained in competitive employment and the interventions that facilitated this process were identified. Emphasis is placed on strategies the rehabilitation counselor can use to facilitate effective job modification, job restructuring, training/retraining, and/or cooperation with organized labor, thus promoting retention of competitive employment. Each of the ten case studies presents the perspectives of the client, rehabilitation counselor, employer, and significant other. Results of the study indicate the importance of technology in assisting the majority of the subjects in retaining their employment. Findings also indicate the major factor that, if improved, would facilitate successful job retention more than any other. This is promotion of meaningful communication among all the persons involved in the rehabilitation process. Survey materials are included. (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Blindness, Career Counseling, Case Studies, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment, Individual Characteristics, Interpersonal Communication, Labor Turnover, Performance Factors, Quality of Working Life, Strategic Planning, Success, Surveys, Technology, Verbal Communication, Visual Impairments, Vocational Rehabilitation, Work Attitudes, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.