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“The Right to Make Choices”: How vocational rehabilitation can help young adults with disabilities increase self-determination and avoid guardianship

“The Right to Make Choices”: How vocational rehabilitation can help young adults with... AbstractBACKGROUND: Research has consistently shown that self-determination, a person’s authority and opportunity to make life choices, is a key element for a meaningful and independent life. Nevertheless, many young adults with disabilities are placed in overbroad or undue guardianships – guardianships imposed on people who have the capacity to make their own decisions or who can use less-restrictive alternatives to guardianship – denying them their right to make fundamental choices about where they live, what they do, and with whom they interact.OBJECTIVE: This article gives an overview of the negative implications of overbroad or undue guardianship, the benefits of self-determination, and ways Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) supports and services can provide employment-based education and training to help young adults with disabilities develop and demonstrate self-determination, gain independent living skills, and overcome any perceived need for guardianship.CONCLUSION: People with disabilities who are encouraged and supported to make their own decisions are better employed at higher salaries and more independent. VR supports and services focused on employment-based self-determination and independent living skills can empower young adults with disabilities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation IOS Press

“The Right to Make Choices”: How vocational rehabilitation can help young adults with disabilities increase self-determination and avoid guardianship

Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation , Volume 42 (3): 7 – May 29, 2015

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IOS Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved
ISSN
1052-2263
eISSN
1878-6316
DOI
10.3233/JVR-150742
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AbstractBACKGROUND: Research has consistently shown that self-determination, a person’s authority and opportunity to make life choices, is a key element for a meaningful and independent life. Nevertheless, many young adults with disabilities are placed in overbroad or undue guardianships – guardianships imposed on people who have the capacity to make their own decisions or who can use less-restrictive alternatives to guardianship – denying them their right to make fundamental choices about where they live, what they do, and with whom they interact.OBJECTIVE: This article gives an overview of the negative implications of overbroad or undue guardianship, the benefits of self-determination, and ways Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) supports and services can provide employment-based education and training to help young adults with disabilities develop and demonstrate self-determination, gain independent living skills, and overcome any perceived need for guardianship.CONCLUSION: People with disabilities who are encouraged and supported to make their own decisions are better employed at higher salaries and more independent. VR supports and services focused on employment-based self-determination and independent living skills can empower young adults with disabilities.

Journal

Journal of Vocational RehabilitationIOS Press

Published: May 29, 2015

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