Vocational Evaluators and Work Adjustment Specialists
Over the past 30 years, disability consumerism has led to increased individualization of rehabilitation services. The Rehabilitation Act of 1998 stresses the design, plan, and delivery of vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities "consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice...."
Consequently, vocational evaluators use standardized vocational assessment tools sparingly and resort to assessments of consumer interests and strengths by skillful interviewing and through the use of situational assessments (placing a consumer into a realistic work situation and observing how the consumer reacts to instruction, the work, and the environment).
Work adjustment specialists assist rehabilitation consumers in the mastery of psycho-social and work-related skills so that they may become successfully employed. Unlike in the past when many vocational evaluators and work adjustment specialists worked in sheltered workshops, today they can be found in settings such as rehabilitation programs, schools, job training programs; and business and industry.
The Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association (VEWA) provides support for these professionals.