ERIC Number: ED480181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Longitudinal Study of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program. Final Report 2: VR Services and Outcomes.
Hayward, Becky J.; Schmidt-Davis, Holly
This report is the second in a series of four final reports that present the findings of the Longitudinal Study of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Program. Initiated in fall 1992, the study has tracked VR participation and post-VR experiences of applicants to and consumers of VR services (n=8,500) for up to 3 years following exit from the program. Findings indicate: (1) overall, consumers who received VR services averaged 12 services during their participation in VR, with medical/physical function evaluation the most frequent service provided; (2) VR counselors spent about 14% of their time on eligibility determination activities and an additional 14% on individualized plans for employment development; (3) 81% of consumers believed they had sufficient choice in selection of vocational goals; (4) the most important factor that affected the specific services individuals received from VR was their primary disability, with individuals with mental illness receiving the most different services; (5) a substantial majority of consumers' vocational goals were in professional, managerial, or technical occupations, service occupations, and clerical or sales occupations; and (6) VR consumers who achieved a competitive employment outcome fared better on all measures of economic outcomes. Appended are: (1) Overview of the VR Program; (2) Tables on Relationships between VR Services and Disability Type; (3) Tables on Relationships between VR Services and Vocational Goal; and (4) Tables of Odds Ratios. (Contains 86 tables, and 7 exhibits, and 5 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Career Counseling, Counselor Client Relationship, Disabilities, Employment Counselors, Employment Patterns, Employment Services, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Higher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Participant Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Self Determination, Severe Disabilities, Supported Employment, Transitional Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation
For full text: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/RSA/Research/studies/index.html.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rehabilitation Services Administration (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC.
Note: For Final Report 1, see EC 309 773.