Many employees who are hard of hearing or late-deafened can benefit from appropriate counseling by rehabilitation counselors about job accommodation and assistive technology. Two studies assessed the ability of rehabilitation counselors to assist these consumers. In one study, rehabilitation counselors were surveyed about their knowledge of deafness, issues related to people who are hard of hearing or late-deafened, and assistive technology. In another study, curricula of rehabilitation counseling programs were examined for what they teach students about people who are deaf, hard of hearing and late-deafened, and about assistive technology. Results demonstrate that with more specialized pre-service training and more in-service training hours, rehabilitation counselors know more about these issues. Nonetheless, many graduate programs fail to provide counselors with information needed to counsel clients who are hard of hearing or late-deafened. This paper offers suggestions for increasing counselors' knowledge in these areas to facilitate workplace accommodation of individuals with a hearing loss.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Journal of Rehabilitation|
|State||Published - 2002|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health Policy
- Health Professions(all)