A Key to Employability
Nosek MA, Foley CC. Personal assistance: A key to employability.
Directions in Rehabilitation Counseling 1995; 6(5): 1-9.
A significant number of Americans with disabilities have limited employment
opportunities because of a lack of reliable, affordable personal assistance.
Rehabilitation counselors often see clients who receive state agency support
for paid personal assistance services while they are in school; however,
once they graduate, the clients are unable to secure employment salaries
at levels that cover expense of personal assistance services. In other
situations, clients rely on family members for personal assistance during
schooling due to a lack of funds; however, because of the continued lack
of funds and an inexperience with management of non-family assistants,
difficulties arise when persons with disabilities want to move away from
home. This lesson answers the following questions: What is personal assistance?
How is it used by persons with disabilities? How effective are the various
options for obtaining personal assistance? How does the availability of
personal assistance affect employability? Recommendations for rehabilitation
counselors on how to assist their clients to meet personal assistance needs
more effectively are provided.
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