Economic and Programmatic Indicators Explain Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Rates of Persons With Cognitive Disabilities

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Author(s)
Derek K Nord PhD, Amy S Hewitt, Kelly Nye-Lengerman PhD

Description

This national study investigated state economic health and state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services for persons with cognitive disabilities. Using 2004 to 2010 extant data from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the U.S. Census Bureau, this study explains variability in state VR services employment outcomes based on state economic performance and state-level VR factors. The results show state economic performance explains a significant amount of the variation in state VR employment rates for persons with cognitive disabilities. An additional significant amount of variation was explained after accounting for VR programmatic factors. These findings have broad economic and programmatic implications that should be considered to improve the employment rate of persons with cognitive disabilities.

Suggested Citation

Economic and Programmatic Indicators Explain Vocational Rehabilitation Employment Rates of Persons With Cognitive Disabilities. (2013). Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 38(2), 149–156. https://doi.org/10.3233/JVR-130628

Details

Date
2013 
Type
Peer-Reviewed Article 
Edition
Volume 38, Number 2
Contact
Amy S Hewitt hewit005@umn.edu or +1 612-625-1098
Publisher
Institute on Community Integration