CCMC Glossary of Terms
Vocational Rehabilitation: Cost effective case management by a skilled professional who understands the implications of the medical and vocational services necessary to facilitate an injured worker’s expedient return to suitable gainful employment with a minimal degree of disability.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor: A rehabilitation counselor, who specializes in vocational counseling, i.e. guiding handicapped persons in the selection of a vocation or occupation.
Vocational Testing: The measurement of vocational interests, attitudes, and ability using standardized, professionally accepted psychomotor procedures.
Employability: Having the skills and training that are commonly necessary in the labor market to be gainfully employed on a reasonably continuous basis, when considering the person’s age, education, experience, physical, and mental capacities due to industrial injury or disease.
Supported Employment: Paid employment for persons with developmental disabilities who, without long-term support, are unlikely to succeed in a regular job. Supported employment facilitates provide competitive work in integrated work settings for individuals with the most severe disabilities (i.e. psychiatric, mental retardation, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury) for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred, and who, because of the nature and severity of their disability, need ongoing support services in order to perform their job. Supported employment provides assistance such as job coaches, transportation, assistive technology, specialized job training, and individually tailored supervision.
Vocational Assessment: Identifies the individual’s strengths, skills, interests, abilities and rehabilitation needs. Accomplished through on-site situational assessments at local businesses and in community settings.
To be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services, federal regulations require the individual to be disabled and to be able to benefit from Vocational Rehabilitation services. To be disabled the person has to have a physical or mental impairment that is a substantial barrier to employment. Those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are presumed eligible unless they are too disabled to benefit from the Vocational Rehabilitation. The ability to benefit from Vocational Rehabilitation services is defined as able to achieve employment.
Supported Employment provides a vehicle to enable eligible individuals to enter into competitive employment where they would otherwise, due to the impact of their disabling conditions, be unable to do so.