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Employment: Rehabilitation Services Administration

  • By: Glenn B. Anderson & Douglas Watson
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

For three decades (1981–2011), the University of Arkansas Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RTC) served as a key resource for the nation’s federal-state vocational rehabilitation (VR) system. The RTC activities included conducting research, disseminating publications and products, and providing technical assistance to states, agencies, and programs that provided education and rehabilitation services to persons who were deaf, including those with additional disabilities. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the RTC’s mission was to contribute to enhancing the rehabilitation and employment of persons who are deaf.

Model of Employability That Guided the RTC’s Research and Training Activities

The RTC’s research and training activities addressed the employment of deaf individuals across three key phases of the career development continuum—career preparation, ...

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