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“You’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy”

“You’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy” – empowering disabled students Christine Brown In my role as a coordinator for students with disabilities in the Disabled Student Services (DSS) Office at the University of Michigan, I see firsthand the differences between students with disabilities who are empowered as compared to those who are dependent. I recently […]

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Facts, figures, and trends on spinal cord injury

Facts, figures, and trends on spinal cord injury – Spinal Cord Injury: Part 1 of 3 Samuel L. Stover The Model Spinal Cord Injury Care Systems began as a concept in the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). In 1968, several physicians in the speciality of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation convinced Congress about the needs of spinal […]

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All aboard for employment

All aboard for employment – All Aboard Job Fair Richard T. Roessler Thanks to funding from the Dole Foundation and staffing from the Department of Rehabilitation at the University of Arkansas, the call “All Aboard” was frequently heard throughout Arkansas and Kansas in 1991. In this case, “All Aboard” did not refer to a new […]

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Beyond Silence

Beyond Silence – Poem John David Willams Deafness is soundless sight Music frozen in paper Air with no sound Rhythm with no beat Rushing bodies in the street Bumps of surprise A tap of disruption. Mouth and lips move against the Glass of isolation Words emerge: Life’s stream of bubbles Crystal spheres, hollow of meaning, […]

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Rural issues in rehabilitation service delivery: a Goodwill Industries of America study

Rural issues in rehabilitation service delivery: a Goodwill Industries of America study – Rural Rehabilitation Carmen O. Larsen Rural America offers a unique challenge in vocational rehabilitation service delivery. Because urban models often do not address issues that are specific to rural populations, new models specifically suited to a rural environment need to be developed […]

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Employer-Based Rehabilitation

Employer-Based Rehabilitation Val Lougheed This article examines a new methodology in the field of vocational rehabilitation called Employer-Based Rehabilitation. This approach involves conducting as much of the rehabilitation process as possible in the context of real worksites. Special attention is paid to the assessment of functional work skills. Research drawn from systems analysis and cognitive […]

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Rural healthcare initiatives in spinal cord injury

Rural healthcare initiatives in spinal cord injury – Spinal Cord Injury, Part 3 Kristofer Hagglund For a variety of reasons, people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in rural areas have been underserved by the healthcare system. Not only are there fewer healthcare providers — particularly providers trained in rehabilitation or spinal cord injury — family […]

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Empowering people with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation counseling

Empowering people with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation counseling John F. Kosciulek As a result of systemic “castification” (1) processes and the rapidly changing world of work, assisting people with disabilities with obtaining and maintaining high-quality employment is an increasingly difficult task. Vocational rehabilitation (VR) counseling thus can be instrumental for enhancing the career success and […]

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Supporting individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education

Supporting individuals with disabilities in postsecondary education – Supporting Robert A. Stodden This paper is composed of two strands: The first strand provides an overview of issues and the latest research related to postsecondary education and students with disabilities. The second strand is a related personal perspective from the paper’s co-author, Megan Conway, who is […]

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Project CIRCLE: strategies for increasing the choice, control, and competence of survivors of brain injuries in the vocational rehabilitation process

Project CIRCLE: strategies for increasing the choice, control, and competence of survivors of brain injuries in the vocational rehabilitation process – Capitalizing on Residual Capacities in order that Life is Enhanced Harriet S. Yaffie Return to meaningful paid employment has proven to be exceedingly difficult for most persons recovering from brain injuries; the great majority […]