ERIC Number: ED421844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in Vocational Rehabilitation Practice since the 1992 Rehabilitation Act Amendments.
Whitney-Thomas, Jean; Timmons, Jaimie Ciulla; Thomas, Dawna M.; Gilmore, Dana Scott; Fesko, Sheila Lynch
This study sought to understand how the 1992 Rehabilitation Act Amendments have been implemented and whether practices since its passage have changed from the perspectives of vocational rehabilitation administrators and counselors as of 1996. Through the use of a national, cross-sectional survey, data were collected from 251 administrators and 254 counselors from 25 states. The research instrument was designed and organized to cover five topic areas noted in the 1992 Amendments: eligibility, use of existing information, consumer involvement, assistive technology, and accommodations serving those who have been underserved in the past. Results showed that administrators perceived significantly more change than counselors, and when asked how the 1992 amendments have had an impact on daily practice, neither group felt that more than "some change" had occurred in their offices or caseloads. Counselors and administrators perceived the least amount of change occurring in the AIDS knowledge area and the greatest change in consumer choice and advocacy. A large percentage of both administrators and counselors perceived change in the severity of disability of individuals served, however, only a small percentage perceived change in the cultural or ethnic diversity in their offices or their caseloads. (Contains 40 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, Administrator Attitudes, Adults, Advocacy, Counselor Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Disabilities, Employment Services, Federal Legislation, National Surveys, Organizational Change, Racial Differences, Resistance to Change, Severity (of Disability), Vocational Rehabilitation
Institute for Community Inclusion/UAP, Dissemination Coordinator, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115; telephone: 617-355-6506; TTY: 617-355-6956; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.; World Wide Web: http://www.childrenshospital.org/ici ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.; Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Rehabilitation Act Amendments 1992