A Survey of Training and Technical Assistance Needs of Community-Based Rehabilitation Providers
by Michael Barcus,Kristi Wilson, & Paul Wehman
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The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992 (PL 102-569) instituted profound changes in the relationship between state vocational rehabilitation service systems and customers with disabilities (Wehman, West, & Kregel, 1997). The amendments provided guiding principles and requirements related to the customer's choice. Subsequently, the 1998 Rehabilitation Act Amendments have strengthened these initial concepts and further expanded the importance and role of community based employment initiatives. In addition to changes in the Rehabilitation Act, there have been changes in the regulations that impact on services. The Americans with Disabilities Act, Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act, Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waiver Program, (West, Revell, & Kregel,1999) Social Security, Welfare Reform, and School to Work Opportunity Act all impact the knowledge and skills required by services providers to assist individuals with disabilities to access, obtain, and maintain competitive employment. Furthermore the President's Executive Order on Employment for Persons with Disabilities (March, 1998) adds extra intensity to increased need for information on employment for persons with disabilities.