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Strategic Partnership: Vocational Evaluation and Assistive Technology. 13 th National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment Joseph Ashley Juliet Fried Anthony Langton. Assistive Technology: Leveling the Playing Field.

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strategic partnership vocational evaluation and assistive technology

Strategic Partnership: Vocational Evaluation and Assistive Technology

13th National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment

Joseph Ashley

Juliet Fried

Anthony Langton

assistive technology leveling the playing field
Assistive Technology: Leveling the Playing Field
  • “For Americans without disabilities, technology makes things easier.

For Americans with disabilities, technology makes things possible.”

Mary Pat Radabaugh, 1990

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Technology is often literally the interface between person and environment. The ability to access and use technology is likely to play a pivotal role in functionally redefining disability, and in bridging the wide gulf between what “significant disability” means to the disability community, and what it means today in the business/employer community.

Alexandra Enders, 2004

National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment

work in progress
Work in progress . . .
  • For over twenty years efforts have been underway to integrate assistive technology (AT) in vocational evaluation
  • What has limited this from becoming a reality in more settings?

National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment

our shared vision
Our Shared Vision
  • Help to strengthen the field of vocational evaluation
  • Contribute to improved rehabilitation outcomes
  • Realization that the concept of disability is changing
  • Desire to maximize potential of persons served
  • AT should be an integral part

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assistive technology at and vocational evaluation
Assistive Technology (AT) and Vocational Evaluation:
  • In order to remain relevant and to address the barriers to employment faced by people with significant disabilities, vocational evaluation and career assessment practitioners must integrate assistive technology into the evaluation and assessment process to increase employment opportunities; to aid in the removal of barriers; and, to enhance the capability of individuals to accomplish essential skills and functions.

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To accomplish this, vocational evaluation and career assessment professionals must work to ensure that participants have appropriate technology available and have a level of proficiency with the devices to ensure maximum performance within the assessment and evaluation process.

National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment

at and vocational evaluation
AT and Vocational Evaluation
  • Expands choices and opens up vocational options for persons with most severe disabilities
  • Offers a means to “level the playing field” for many
  • Not a Panacea - but AT is a key resource to have available for many persons
  • AT can integrate and fit well within comprehensive VE process

National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment

ve and at services survey findings
Awareness Issues

Cost/Funding Concerns

Access to information and Resources

Logistical Issues

Impact on Standardization

Limited Time for AT

Need for Technical Support

Training Needs

VE Process Restraints

VE and AT Services: Survey Findings

National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment

challenges and barriers
Challenges and Barriers
  • Perceptions/Limited Awareness
  • Threats to Vocational Evaluation
  • Lack of Knowledge of AT
  • Money/Equipment
  • Staff/Training Issues
  • Logistics and Coordination
  • Lack of Clear Directives
  • Connections to outcomes unclear

National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment

ve and at which comes first
VE and AT: Which comes first?

National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment

ve and at options available
VE and AT: Options Available
  • Traditional service delivery boundaries could be maintained
  • VE programs can infuse AT into existing service delivery
  • AT programs could add vocational assessment into existing service delivery
  • VE and AT can be combined to form fully integrated, hybrid service delivery option

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possible tech points in the vocational evaluation process
Possible “Tech Points” in the Vocational Evaluation Process
  • Pre-Evaluation Preparation
  • Initial Interview
  • Evaluation Planning
  • Administering assessment tasks and activities
  • Conducting career exploration
  • Developing Recommendations

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strategic partnerships and alliances
Strategic Partnerships and Alliances
  • Implementing assistive technology services requires resources and technical expertise
  • Establishing partnerships and cooperative agreements should be one consideration

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promising practices
Promising Practices

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next steps
Next Steps . . .
  • If AT part of your vision for vocational evaluation . . .
  • What is your strategic plan to carry this out ?
  • Who will champion your efforts?

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direct questions or follow up to
Pathfinder Associates

Suite 301

712 Woodcreek Ct.

Columbia, SC 29212

803.767.8043

Info@pathfinderassociates.net

www.pathfinderassociates.net

Direct questions or follow-up to:

National Forum on Issues in Vocational Assessment