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New Data Available for the National Vocational Rehabilitation Program

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The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) recently developed an infographic to highlight key data about the national Vocational Rehabilitation program.

You’ll learn about the:

  • number of individuals involved in the vocational rehabilitation process
  • percentage of individuals served by disability type
  • percentage of consumers receiving training and career services
  • employment rate of individuals receiving vocational rehabilitation services
  • and more!
View and Download This Infographic!

The Vocational Rehabilitation program is administered by the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration. This program provides education and training opportunities to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence, and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

RSA is interested in your feedback on this infographic. If you have comments or ideas for future infographics or data visualizations, please contact Rehabilitation Services Administration.

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  1. Is there any way to extrapolate the education level of the practitioner involved in these success stories? More specifically, is there any indication that one who has a Masters in VRC has the same, better, or fewer outcomes that result in job placement- than does an alternate “VRC” who does not?
    Secondly, does having a CRC seem to lead to outcomes that are more, better or worse than those who do not?
    Thank you.

  2. Good questions!

    To answer your first question: our understanding is that the analysis does not account for practitioner educational level, specifically those having master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling or comparable degrees. However, a recent study published in the Journal of Rehabilitation found that consumers with significant disabilities served through the public vocational rehabilitation program who worked with master’s degree counselors had significantly better employment outcomes than those whose vocational rehabilitation counselor did not have a graduate degree. The study delineated between educational attainment levels only, not specifically identifying graduate degrees in rehabilitation counseling.

    Here is the citation if you’re interested in learning more:
    Sherman, S., Meola, C., Eischens, P., Scroggs, L., & Leierer, S., (2017). Factors influencing state-federal vocational rehabilitation agency consumers. Journal of Rehabilitation, 83(4), 51-59.

    Regarding your second question: the researchers who published the study noted above are conducting a second study specifically looking at whether the CRC credential leads to better outcomes in the public vocational rehabilitation program. The data has been gathered and they are currently analyzing the results; hoping to publish soon.

    Thanks for reaching out!
    Cayte Anderson
    E3 Project Partner at the UW-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute

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