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Citation:  Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Lukyanova, V. V., Balcazar, F., Ali, A., Morton, D., & Alvarado, F. (2013). Employment outcomes of community rehabilitation providers.. Journal of Rehabilitation, 79 (1), 11-18.
Title:  Employment outcomes of community rehabilitation providers.
Authors:  Suarez-Balcazar, Y., Lukyanova, V. V., Balcazar, F., Ali, A., Morton, D., & Alvarado, F.
Year:  2013
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Rehabilitation
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No

Structured abstract:

Background:  Despite the relative success of the VR program in helping people with disabilities secure employment, few studies have focused on employment outcomes of Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) clients.
Purpose:  To identify factors associated with successful employment outcomes for people with disabilities who receive CRP services and provide recommendations for improving such outcomes and needed services. In addition, we assessed several variables regarding CRPs, including organizational leadership, uses of client outcomes' data, skills and motivation to assess client outcomes, and support received from VR.
Setting:  Online
Study sample:  Thirty-two Program Directors/CRP Specialists
Data collection and analysis:  On-line survey.
Findings:  The results indicated that most clients served by CRPs were placed in the service sector and that once they reached the critical 90-day closure period they were less likely to lose their jobs.
Conclusions:  The most frequently mentioned barriers to employment were the declining economy, the fact that individuals with disabilities are often competing for the same jobs as recent college graduates, and the lack of funding for job coaching and supported employment. Implications for vocational rehabilitation research and practice are discussed.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Persons with multiple disabilities (e.g., deaf-blindness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse)
Interventions:  Supported employment
Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Return to work