Second Interim Report: Characteristics and Perspectives of Vocational Rehabilitation Consumers
This report contains selected preliminary findings from the Longitudinal Study of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Service Program. The study, initiated in fall 1992, will produce a series of interim reports over the next three years that address key policy questions of interest to Congress, the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), state VR agencies, and consumers. This second interim report presents data collected from VR consumers and their VR case files over the study's period of sample acquisition and baseline data collection. The remainder of this report presents preliminary findings in several broad areas. Chapter 1 presents an overview of the study's purposes and design. Chapter 2 is a profile of VR consumers that includes disability and demographic characteristics, sources and amounts of financial support, and consumers' pre-VR work history. Chapter 3 summarizes the perspectives of VR consumers regarding their choice in the selection of vocational goals, services, and providers; the nature and quality of interactions with their VR counselors; and their level of satisfaction with their overall VR experience. In the remainder of this summary we present key findings in each of these areas.