Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Special Education and Rehabilitation

Committee Chair(s)

Tim Slocum


Tim Slocum


Julie Smart


Jared Schultz


The Vocational Rehabilitation program exists to assist individuals with disabilities to attain, secure and benefit from employment. The purpose of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), which included the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, is to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment. The Act was reauthorized as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The Act includes significant changes to rehabilitation service delivery including a stronger emphasis on services to youth and outreach to minority populations. Despite the changes, the Act is vague and does not include methods for implementation. Although the specifics for implementation of WIOA have not been defined, vocational rehabilitation counselors are guided by a Code of Ethics. In the absence of written federal guidelines, the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Code of Ethics can provide guidance and inform practice. Ethics allows the practitioner to examine his or her actions and decisions to comply with federal guidelines and service delivery.

Included in

Counseling Commons