Special Issue of JVR - 2016, Vol 45, Issue 2
To increase the successful employment outcome rate for minority populations, VR counselors and professionals should recognize that cultural diversity may complicate access and response to services. For example, communication between the VR counselor and a racial/ethnic minority VR participant might be inhibited by variations in language, including diction, speech patterns, vocabulary, as well as cultural experiences. Counselors should strive to provide culturally responsive services to help overcome the disadvantages faced by minorities with disabilities.
More research needs to focus on the experiences of individuals with disabilities from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds. Understanding their experiences, trials, and tribulations as they try to access vocational rehabilitation and competitive employment helps prepare vocational rehabilitation counselors, teachers, lawmakers, and researchers to better provide services and a fair chance. As Editor of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, I am pleased to introduce this special issue of JVR (2016, Vol 45, Issue 2) on this extremely significant topic: vocational rehabilitation for minorities with disabilities, which can be accessed through the following link: http://content.iospress.com/journals/journal-of-vocational-rehabilitation/45/2.
Paul Wehman PhD
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Chairman Division of Rehabilitation Research
Director of VCU-RRTC