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Citation:  Ipsen, Catherine & Goe, Rebecca (2017). Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Guidance on Social Media Use: A Policy Analysis. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 61 (4), 217-227.
Title:  Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Guidance on Social Media Use: A Policy Analysis
Authors:  Ipsen, Catherine & Goe, Rebecca
Year:  2017
Journal/Publication:  Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Publisher:  SAGE
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Background:  It is no secret that social media has become a huge part of society as a whole. Everything from connecting with friends and family to professional networking, social media platforms can be used for a variety of purposes. This includes job-seeking. For vocational rehabilitation service providers, social media can be an effective tool in helping their clients obtain employment and network professionally. Studies have shown that digital and online strategies have not been used frequently in VR practices and agencies have a need for guidance when it comes to the use of social media for VR. The authors conducted qualitative research examining 22 current VR social media policies and one guideline and they propose policy development recommendations. They discovered that only one policy stating that social media could be a tool for client job searching. Social media has become a powerful tool when it comes to employment seeking, communication and networking and thus, should be used in VR practices as well.

Disabilities served:  Multiple disabilities
Interventions:  Vocational rehabilitation
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Return to work
Full-time employment
Part-time employment