PA-VOC 3: Vocational Assessment
participate in the development of an individualized, strengths-based, culturally responsive vocational assessment
that helps the individual to establish realistic training
and vocational expectations.
Note: All agencies are expected to work with the individual to complete a vocational assessement that informs the vocational plan, regardless of the vocational rehabilitation services they provide.
The vocational assessment should identify the individualís disability and include:
- vocational interests, preferences, and goals;
- vocational history, experience, and training;
- skills and aptitudes;
- the need for accommodations or assistive technology;
- level of functioning and relevent health, social, and behavioral factors;
- the need for support services;
- available community resources; and
- individual strengths and resources.
Workplace accommodations might include accessible parking, public transportation stops close to the program
site, elevators, reduced work hours or more frequent breaks, specially designed work stations, or office supply needs such as enlarged print, special lighting, or TDD.
Note: Refer to the Assessment Matrix
for additional Comprehensive Basic Assessment criteria. The elements of the matrix can be tailored according to the needs of specific individuals or service design.
Research Note: Research
shows that, despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), adults with disabilities who report a need for accommodations are still less likely to work than adults with disabilities who do not need accommodations. Therefore, recognizing accommodation needs during the initial assessment is an important part of developing an effective vocational plan that will minimize such barriers to placement.
who conduct vocational assessments are qualified by training, skill, and experience and able to recognize service recipients with special needs
The information gathered for vocational assessments is comprehensive, directed at concerns identified in initial screenings, and limited to material pertinent for meeting service requests and objectives
Vocational assessments are conducted in a culturally responsive manner to identify resources that can increase service participation and support the achievement of agreed upon goals.
Culturally responsive vocational assessments can include attention to geographic location, language of choice, and the personís religious, racial, ethnic, and cultural background. Other important factors that contribute to a responsive assessment include attention to age and sexual orientation.
Vocational assessments are completed within timeframes established by the agency and are updated periodically.