All RSA services are provided within an objective and ethical framework for individuals, insurers, and plaintiff and defense counsel.
Vocational Rehabilitation is a collaborative process that assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the options and services required to meet an individual’s vocational goals.
RSA can provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to recipients of benefits through disability compensation systems and to the general public. These services include:
- Vocational Assessment
- Transferable Skills Analysis
- Vocational Testing
- Vocational Rehabilitation Plan Development
- Job Development & Placement
- Labor Market Research
Since 1986, RSA’s master’s level Vocational Consultant has performed a comprehensive vocational assessment of individuals with disabilities (and without disabilities) to answer questions regarding vocational handicap, employability, transferable skills, earning capacity, playability, potential to benefit from retraining, and career development options. Evaluations have been requested by a variety of referral sources including insurers, state and federal agencies, attorneys, rehabilitation professionals, and private individuals. Vocationally relevant information germane to the evaluation process can include consideration of multiple factors including health status, physical functional, capacities and limitations, aptitudes, psychosocial factors, work temperament, interests, functional academic skills, transferable skills, work goals, job-seeking skills, and labor market information.
Transferable Skills Analysis
TSA is a commonly accepted approach to identifying job skills that can be transferred from prior employment to new employment while taking into account limitations that may be present from a disabling condition. This analysis synthesizes data from an individual’s employment history, educational background, vocational assessment data, medical reports, and other specialists’ reports.
Vocational testing can be useful in the development of an individual’s vocational profile. Measures of intelligence, educational achievement, aptitude, personality, and interests are sometimes helpful in determining employability, earning capacity, and in the development of vocational/educational plans.
Vocational Rehabilitation Plan Development
In non-catastrophic cases, a rehabilitation plan can be formulated where appropriate to guide return to work efforts. The plan may include recommendations for vocational counseling and testing, vocational training, rehabilitation therapies, assistive technology, and other items and services. Documentation of specific training options are outlined and can include: program cost, length of training, and recommendations regarding training needed to improve employability and earning capacity.
Job Development and Placement
Job placement services assist an individual with a disability to return to the labor market. These services can include job-seeking skills training, job analysis, job modifications, vocational counseling and labor market surveys, placement, and placement follow-up activities.
Labor Market Research
The purpose of a labor market survey is to assess the viability of employment goals for a particular individual within specific geographic areas and to define the availability of appropriate jobs within specific distances.