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Citation:  McDonnall, M. C., & Sui, Z. (2019). Effectiveness of a business development training for rehabilitation counselors who work with consumers who are blind or visually impaired. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 63 (1), 25–34.
Title:  Effectiveness of a business development training for rehabilitation counselors who work with consumers who are blind or visually impaired
Authors:  McDonnall, M. C., & Sui, Z.
Year:  2019
Journal/Publication:  Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Publisher:  SAGE
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1177/0034355218796276
Full text:  https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0034355218796276   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Business relationships are important. This is an especially true statement for vocational rehabilitation specialist who all rely on their relationships with businesses to help their clients find and maintain work. Researchers recently set out to measure the effectiveness of VR counselors who work with individuals who are blind or visually impaired. 80 counselors and counselor supervisors participated from four separate agencies. Before the training began, participants recognized the importance of, and a personal need for training in, business development and perceived moderate levels of comfort, knowledge, and skill. At the end of the training, all participants improved on the measured statistics. The increases show the need and effectiveness of using training to improve business relation development outcomes.

Disabilities served:  Blindness
Visual impairment
Populations served:  Rural and remote communities
Transition-age youth (14 - 24)
Older workers (55+)
Urban
Veterans
Persons with multiple disabilities (e.g., deaf-blindness, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse)
SSI and SSDI recipients
Sub-minimum wage employees
Youth in foster care
Adults
Adolescents
Transition-age students (14 - 22)
Urban communities
Interventions:  Accommodations
Training
Vocational rehabilitation
Accommodations / modifications
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Full-time employment