ERIC Number: ED479979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Vocational Rehabilitation Experiences among Individuals Who Achieved a Supported Employment Outcome: A Longitudinal Study of the Vocational Rehabilitation Service Program. Final Report.
Tashjian, Michael D.; Schmidt-Davis, Holly
This report contains findings from a descriptive study of the characteristics, services, and outcomes of consumers who achieved a supported employment (SE) outcome after exiting Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services. Data were obtained through case file abstraction, consumer interviews, and an extended service provider interview of 259 SE consumers. Findings from the study include: (1) mental retardation was the primary disability for one-half of the all SE consumers; (2) educational institutions were the largest single source of referral; (3) SE consumers were almost three times more likely than other consumers to have received special education services and to be more significantly disabled; (4) individuals who exited VR into SE received an average of 8.3 services, approximately two fewer than averaged by other consumers with significant disabilities; (5) 49% of all the jobs that SE consumers obtained were in the service industry; (6) at least 70% of consumers with significant disabilities exiting VR services were very or mostly satisfied with their VR experience; (7) consumers identified job coaching, counseling, off-site monitoring, and job skill training as services most frequently received after exiting VR services; and (8) one year after exiting VR services, 84% of SE consumers were still working. (CR)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Counselor Client Relationship, Counselor Evaluation, Disabilities, Employment Counselors, Employment Patterns, Employment Services, Family Involvement, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Participant Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Severe Disabilities, Supported Employment, Transitional Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/RSA/Research/Studies/index.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Note: For related reports, see EC 309 764 and EC 309 766.