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  • Individual Author: Kaya, Cahit; Chan, Fong; Rumrill, Phillip; Hartman, Ellie; Wehman, Paul; Iwanaga, Kanako; Pai, Chia-Hui; Avellone, Lauren
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2015

    OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the extent to which demographic characteristics, Social Security disability benefits, and vocational rehabilitation (VR) services influence competitive employment outcomes for transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

    METHODS: The Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Case Service Reports (RSA-911) database for Fiscal Year 2011 was examined using a purposeful selection multivariate logistic regression analysis.

    RESULTS: Results indicated that participants who received on-the-job support, job placement services, rehabilitation technology, occupational/vocational training, other services, job search assistance, vocational counseling and guidance, and job readiness training from the state-federal VR program were significantly more likely to achieve competitive employment than were participants who did not receive those services. In addition, higher levels of educational attainment, receiving a greater number of VR services, and not receiving Social Security disability benefits were positively associated with...

    OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the extent to which demographic characteristics, Social Security disability benefits, and vocational rehabilitation (VR) services influence competitive employment outcomes for transition-age youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

    METHODS: The Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Case Service Reports (RSA-911) database for Fiscal Year 2011 was examined using a purposeful selection multivariate logistic regression analysis.

    RESULTS: Results indicated that participants who received on-the-job support, job placement services, rehabilitation technology, occupational/vocational training, other services, job search assistance, vocational counseling and guidance, and job readiness training from the state-federal VR program were significantly more likely to achieve competitive employment than were participants who did not receive those services. In addition, higher levels of educational attainment, receiving a greater number of VR services, and not receiving Social Security disability benefits were positively associated with competitive employment outcomes. In contrast to findings reported in other studies of VR participants with ASD, gender was not associated with competitive employment outcomes.

    CONCLUSION: Overall, the number and type of VR services had more influence on competitive employment than did demographic variables or Social Security disability benefits. (Author abstract)

     

  • Individual Author: Oswald, Gina; Alderman, Lee Ann; Flexer, Robert; Huber, Mary
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2016

    The purpose of this study was to explore the personal characteristics of transition-aged youth served by a Midwest state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency and to determine if these characteristics are predictive of service provision and successful employment. Chi-square tests and logistic regression analysis were used to determine the relationships between personal characteristics variables (such as disability type, gender, and race/ethnicity) and the provision of VR services and employment outcome. Individuals with sensory and other health impairments were less likely to be employed while individuals with a mental illness were more likely to be employed. Implications for practice, policy, and further research are discussed. (Author abstract)

    The purpose of this study was to explore the personal characteristics of transition-aged youth served by a Midwest state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency and to determine if these characteristics are predictive of service provision and successful employment. Chi-square tests and logistic regression analysis were used to determine the relationships between personal characteristics variables (such as disability type, gender, and race/ethnicity) and the provision of VR services and employment outcome. Individuals with sensory and other health impairments were less likely to be employed while individuals with a mental illness were more likely to be employed. Implications for practice, policy, and further research are discussed. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Cook, Judith A.; Razzano, Lisa
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2000

    This article presents research-based principles of vocational rehabilitation that have emerged from the study of diagnostically heterogeneous populations of persons with severe mental illness. Employment and vocational functioning outcomes of people with schizophrenia from recently published followup studies are described. In addition, we present research conducted over the past decade concerning differential outcomes of vocational rehabilitation services for people with schizophrenia versus other psychotic and nonpsychotic disorders. We then explore studies of people with schizophrenia that may illuminate the links between specific features of this disorder—including symptomatology, social skills, and neuropsychological impairments—and poorer vocational outcome. We conclude with a set of recommendations for clinical practice that draw upon the most recent discoveries and insights in this field. (Author abstract)

    This article presents research-based principles of vocational rehabilitation that have emerged from the study of diagnostically heterogeneous populations of persons with severe mental illness. Employment and vocational functioning outcomes of people with schizophrenia from recently published followup studies are described. In addition, we present research conducted over the past decade concerning differential outcomes of vocational rehabilitation services for people with schizophrenia versus other psychotic and nonpsychotic disorders. We then explore studies of people with schizophrenia that may illuminate the links between specific features of this disorder—including symptomatology, social skills, and neuropsychological impairments—and poorer vocational outcome. We conclude with a set of recommendations for clinical practice that draw upon the most recent discoveries and insights in this field. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Vaughn, Mya; Boston, Quintin
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2010

    The purpose of this study was to examine employment predictors for women of color with psychiatric disabilities who received serves from state and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies and women of color with psychiatric disabilities who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits and services from state and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies using logistical regression regarding data from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) dataset. Demographic variables and vocational rehabilitation (VR) services were used to predict employment outcome. The sample size (N = 10,238) consisted of women of color with a psychiatric diagnosis. Within this group of women included 820 women of color who received TANF benefits. The results indicated that some demographic variables and VR services had a significant impact on employment outcomes. Regarding the women who did not receive TANF, educational level, employment status, and 11 vocational rehabilitation services predicted a successful employment outcome. Regarding TANF recipients, employment status...

    The purpose of this study was to examine employment predictors for women of color with psychiatric disabilities who received serves from state and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies and women of color with psychiatric disabilities who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits and services from state and federal vocational rehabilitation agencies using logistical regression regarding data from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) dataset. Demographic variables and vocational rehabilitation (VR) services were used to predict employment outcome. The sample size (N = 10,238) consisted of women of color with a psychiatric diagnosis. Within this group of women included 820 women of color who received TANF benefits. The results indicated that some demographic variables and VR services had a significant impact on employment outcomes. Regarding the women who did not receive TANF, educational level, employment status, and 11 vocational rehabilitation services predicted a successful employment outcome. Regarding TANF recipients, employment status and four vocational rehabilitation services predicted a successful employment outcome. Practice, research, and pedagogical implications regarding the results are discussed at the end of this manuscript. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Rumrill Jr., Phillip D.; Koch, Lynn C.; Wohlford, Sarah
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2013

    The onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) often occurs during individuals' prime working years. Although the majority of people with MS are employed at the time of diagnosis, premature departure from the workforce is an all too common response to the significant challenges posed by this disease. The purpose of this article is to examine job retention barriers frequently encountered by people with MS and to describe vocational rehabilitation (VR) strategies designed to ameliorate these barriers so that these individuals can continue working. The authors summarize research findings on illness-related, demographic, and work-environmental barriers to job retention and career advancement. The authors then provide examples of job retention strategies and interventions that can be implemented by VR professionals to improve the employment outcomes of people with MS. (Author abstract)

    The onset of multiple sclerosis (MS) often occurs during individuals' prime working years. Although the majority of people with MS are employed at the time of diagnosis, premature departure from the workforce is an all too common response to the significant challenges posed by this disease. The purpose of this article is to examine job retention barriers frequently encountered by people with MS and to describe vocational rehabilitation (VR) strategies designed to ameliorate these barriers so that these individuals can continue working. The authors summarize research findings on illness-related, demographic, and work-environmental barriers to job retention and career advancement. The authors then provide examples of job retention strategies and interventions that can be implemented by VR professionals to improve the employment outcomes of people with MS. (Author abstract)

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