Title

Rehabilitation Professionals' Expectations for Transition and Interagency Collaboration

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Rehabilitation

Volume

79

Publisher

National Rehabilitation Association

Publication Date

1-1-2015

First Page

25

Last Page

35

Abstract

Expectations that rehabilitation professionals have of educators, youth with disabilities, parents/guardians, and themselves during the transition process and interagency collaboration efforts were surveyed. Transition specialists, state vocational rehabilitation counselors, community rehabilitation providers, and centers for independent living (CIL) personnel indicated distinctive expectations in various levels of participation, regardless of the frequency of current contact. All participants reported that rehabilitation professionals expected to have more communication than they currently do in order to maintain an effective role in transition. The CIL personnel expected youth and their parents to lead transition planning activities including meetings while the majority of the other rehabilitation professionals expected educators to initiate rehabilitation participation, distribute materials, and provide leadership. The results of this study provide the current extent that rehabilitation professionals are involved with transition, their expectations, and the need to further develop collaboration.

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