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    REH 6190: Vocational Assessment for Persons with Disabilities (2011)

    Congratulations Class!  You have made it to the last week of class.  Below, You will find the links to the live event.


    • Prior to the Event: Update your JAVA. go to to make sure your computer is up to date.
    • Show up early, 15  minutes if possible so we can check your microphone on the audio wizard. We will also have a little orientation before we begin.
    • The only students that must attend are the group presenters.  Everyone else is welcome.
    • You will enter the session as a student.  I will upgrade you to presenter. Once you have been upgraded, do not touch any buttons.
    • Session 1 (Groups 5-8) Link:
    • Session 2 (Groups 1-4) Link:
      • Transition Presentation Recording
      • Note: Somebody pushed the record button prematurely, so there is a considerable amount of time spent prepping for the event. We do eventually have the show and it is worth the wait.
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    Team 1

    Evaluation in School to Work Transition: Family Role & Dynamics

    Families profoundly influence who we are, how we see and meet the world, and what is possible for us to attain. Maximizing the efficacy of transition services requires that families are understood in the context of service. This group will address best practice for family engagement in transition, given the specific issues around the emerging young adult and their quest for employment and independent living. Given the best practice described, develop a protocol for evaluating family role and function that provides professionals, family members, and clients/students with knowledge that supports it.

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    Team 2

    Evaluation in School to Work Transition: Employer Role & Dynamics

    The ultimate goal of transition is competitive employment.  Understanding vocational rehabilitation service in the context of business (where competitive employment tends to reside) is a crucial, but often ignored, key to transition success.  Starting with Millington & Buys (2010), consider the nature of business, the ecology of the workplace, and the interface between businesses large and small, and the services we offer.  What is best "business" practice, both at the clinical and programmatic level?  What do we need to know about our employers and how do we use that information to maximize their participation in the procress?


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    Team 3

    Evaluation and Self Determination in Transition

    Client/Student-centered approach to service is an artifact of our most closely held values. Community inclusion requires that we actually serve our clients; that we protect their autonomy; understand that they are the experts of their own experience and captains of their own destiny; and thus truly listen to them, respect their opinions and decisions, and defer to them in their choices. It's about empowerment.  And an empowerment perspective leads one to an empowering way to evaluate. How and what we measure, how we go about integrating this information into a report or plan - there is a way to keep the Student/client expressedly in the center of the transition efforts made on their behalf.

    • Slides
    • Interview with Hannah

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    Team 4

    Evaluation Issues in Special Transition Populations

    While school-to-work transition follows a well-determined path (if not one yet based in evidence), group differences can color the meaning and change the measure of our interventions.  Service must be flexible enough to adapt to these diffferences. Culture and disability stand out as two fundamental schemas that mediate the meaning (individually and in interaction) of work, education, transition, and success in the lives of student /clients and their communities. How does evaluation change across disability types and cultural contexts such that best practice in transition is properly served?

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    Team 5

    Veterans Families: Evaluation Roles and Issues

    War is hard on families. Military in peace time can stress family relationships and function with frequent relocations and relatively low pay.  In a nation at war, or more correctly "at wars", without apparent end, the stress is magnified.  Extended separation through multiple tours of duty is a threat to the most resilient of families. For wounded warriors, the challenge is compounded further. Families already stressed by isolation, distance, and economic loss are confronted with the demands of disability they do not understand. Evaluating and supporting families is crucial to successful rehabilitation

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    Team 6

    Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury

    Traumatic Brain Injury among veterans merits its own topic.  It is pervasive, and often unrecognized ( for reasons you need to find out).  It's impact on family life, career, and eductaion is profound. Early detection and diagnosis is crucial for successful rehabilitation. In this investigation, the group is looking to profile the latest advancements in assessment across allied fields (medical, neuropsychological, occupational) and integrate into vocational evaluation.

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    Team 7

    Blast Injuries: Integrating Assessment across Systems

    Advancement in battle field medicine has resulted in much higher survival rates among soldiers with profound injuries. Surviving blast injuries has become common, but results in a population with hugely complex and problematic issues.  Blast injuries involve every bodily system and require a concerted approach by medical professionals across disciplines.  As the wounded warrior moves into rehabilitation this support team should include vocational rehabilitation counseling, but we are ill prepared to conceptualize the VR response to polytrauma.

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    Team 8

    Assessing Veterans Needs Across the Life Span

    Even as wounded warriors return to civilian life, their challenges are just beginning.  There are transitions issues beyond disability in simply adjusting to a world where people are undisciplined and disrespectful, your skills may not translate, and your coworkers do not share your experiences or language.  With some injuries, there are long term and developmental implications of aging.  There is a service called Life Care Planning that has traditionally been available to civilians who experience catastrophic injuries. LCP evaluates the clients needs for services and support over the life span.  It would be interesting to explore how this strategy might apply to veterans as well.

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