New directions in vocational rehabilitation: A "career development" perspective on "closure"

Phillip D. Rumrill, Richard T. Roessler

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This article calls for reforms in the state-federal vocational rehabilitation (VR) program that enable counselors to provide career development services to people with severe disabilities. The thesis is that current VR policies regarding case planning and closure criteria are incompatible with the ongoing career development needs of Americans with disabilities. Recommendations include evaluating client employment outcomes on qualitative criteria, expanding the minimum 90-day time frame between initial job placement and Status 26 case closure, and providing on-the-job consultation regarding productivity barriers and reasonable accommodations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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