ERIC Number: ED433651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
Funding of Assistive Technology: State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies and Their Obligation To Maximize Employment.
Hager, Ronald M.
This booklet discusses the provision of assistive technology through state vocational rehabilitation programs to help individuals with disabilities in employment settings. It reviews vocational rehabilitation eligibility criteria, specific goods and services that can be provided, issues to keep in mind when using this system to obtain assistive technology, appeal procedures, and the advocacy services available through the Client Assistance Programs. Court decisions that have denied or upheld a client's eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and assistive technology devices and services are analyzed, and obligations of colleges and universities to students with disabilities are reviewed. The report concludes that the vocational rehabilitation systems can be a crucial resource for assistive technology for people with disabilities who are planning to enter the workforce. The U.S. Congress and the Rehabilitation Services Agency have strengthened the mandate of state vocational rehabilitation agencies to provide a range of service to maximize employability and economic self-sufficiency. The booklet posits that although the reading of the maximization requirements by the courts to date has yielded mixed results, the language of the law, regulations, and policy directives continue to support a reading that favors maximization of employment in individual cases. (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Adults, Advocacy, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Court Litigation, Disabilities, Educational Responsibility, Eligibility, Employment, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Higher Education, Role of Education, State Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation
Assistive Technology Funding & Systems Change Project, United Cerebral Palsy Association, Suite 7000, 1660 L St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; Tel: 800-872-5827 (Toll Free); Fax: 202-776-0414; e-mail: email@example.com
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc., Buffalo, NY.; United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Rehabilitation Act 1973