ERIC Number: ED420151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Rehabilitation in the United States. Disability Statistics Abstract Number 20.
Kaye, H. Stephen
This abstract summarizes 1995 statistics from the Rehabilitation Services Administration concerning vocational rehabilitation (VR)in the United States. It notes that $2 billion in federal grants, matched by $645 million in state and local funds, provided VR services to 1.3 million individuals, of which 75.2 percent were classified as having severe disabilities. Other highlights indicate that about 60 percent of those receiving VR services eventually complete their programs and find jobs. Among successfully rehabilitated clients, the most common primary causes of disability are orthopedic impairments (21 percent), mental disorders (18 percent), and mental retardation (13 percent). Most rehabilitated clients are between the ages of 20 and 44 and spend an average of nearly two years receiving rehabilitation services. Upon successful completion of the VR program, 85 percent of participants are competitively employed with a weekly earnings average of $215. Graphs present and illustrate data on major causes of disability among rehabilitated clients, services received by rehabilitated clients, and the employment status of rehabilitated clients before and after rehabilitation. (DB)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Employment, Federal Aid, Financial Support, Job Placement, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Statistical Data, Vocational Rehabilitation, Young Adults
U.S. Department of Education, OSERS/NIDRR, Room 3431, FB6, Washington, DC 20202; telephone 202-205-5633; World Wide Web: http:// www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/NIDRR/pubs.htm
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. Disability Statistics Center.