Career assessment practices for high school students with disabilities and perceived value reported by transition personnel

James Taylor Herbert, Dawn C. Lorenz, Jerry Trusty

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A statewide survey of nearly 400 high school personnel and state vocational rehabilitation counselors was conducted to examine career service practices of high school youth with disabilities. Using an on-line survey, results indicated that career assessments use multiple methods that primarily focus on career interests, aptitudes and achievement as opposed to work values and knowledge of work. Although most respondents believe that services have positive impact on career development in helping students to identify and realize career potential, it appears that implementation of career services occur later rather than earlier in high school. It also appears that perceived levels of collaboration among team members, understanding of career service needs and usefulness for high school students with disabilities vary as a function of the individual transition member. Qualitative data analysis identified several themes to improve career services and transition outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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