Employment After Spinal Cord Injury

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Employment After Spinal Cord Injury: Stakeholder Perceptions and Experiences of Vocational Resource Facilitation

About this Session

This presentation highlights the significant impact of gainful employment on the well-being and quality of life of individuals with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Despite the low return-to-work rates following SCI, a person-centered early vocational rehabilitation intervention, known as Spinal Cord Injury Vocational Resource Facilitation (VRF), has been developed and implemented to address this challenge. The VRF combines early inpatient intervention with evidence-based elements, including Individual Placement and Support (IPS) and Resource Facilitation. Preliminary findings from VRF pilot studies indicate promising outcomes, with higher employment rates compared to traditional rehabilitation approaches. Ongoing studies explore stakeholders' experiences and perceptions, providing valuable insights into the benefits and challenges of the VRF intervention for individuals with SCI, Vocational Rehabilitation Services counselors, and employers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the key challenges and facilitators experienced by individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) participating in Vocational Resource Facilitation (VRF) and its impact on their return-to-work outcomes.
  • Understand the perspectives of New Jersey state Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NJDVRS) counselors on collaborating with VRF, focusing on communication, collaboration efficiency, and the perceived advantages and concerns.
  • Analyze the insights from employers who have engaged with VRF services, exploring the perceived benefits, challenges, and impact on workplace culture and diversity.

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1 CRC Credit Available Upon Completion

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Meet Your Presenters

  • Ada Chen, PhD, MPH, CRC, CVE
    Kessler Foundation
  • John O’Neill, PhD
    Kessler Foundation