Vocational Evaluations (continued)
Vocational Evaluation is collaborative process in which customers work with a Vocational Evaluator to get a better picture of customers’ strengths, barriers, and interests in the world of work. Through participation in activities designed to evaluate job skills, interests, and abilities, customers learn about the functional impact of their physical and mental disabilities in relation to career options. This information is used to help them work toward a job goal. They also learn about assistive technology and the devices and accommodations needed to remove barriers to employment.
Assessment components are chosen based on the individual needs and interests of customers and the specific questions Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are seeking to answer to best support individuals. Academic ability and interests are assessed. The Vocational Evaluator also looks at specific skills needed on a job, such as fine and gross motor ability, size and color discrimination, communication skills, social intelligence, and aptitude for the work fields such as clerical, mechanical, industrial, service, art, science, and business. Evaluation findings are assembled into a detailed vocational plan.