The Importance Of A Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

758 WordsDec 7, 20154 Pages
Introduction Individuals injured on-the-job can often face a multitude of barriers when returning to the work force. The ADA’s provision for reasonable accommodations can lend guidance to both the worker and the employer, however the process can be difficult to navigate for both parties. A vocational rehabilitation counselor can utilize their expertise to provide a neutral opinion regarding the most appropriate accommodation that can benefit both the worker and the employer. Literature Review When President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 into law, he ushered in a new era of disability rights. In his final remarks at the ADA signing ceremony, President George H.W. Bush compared the new law to the fall of the Berlin Wall. (Creta 2014). Title I of the ADA prohibits private employers of fifteen or more employees from discriminating against qualified individual[s] on the basis of disability. The Act defines qualified individual as an individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires (Creta 2014). Critical to this process is the need for employers to identify the essential functions of the position described. Employers must document the tasks required for the position and the skills and abilities necessary for the applicant to be considered for the position. The ADA states that discrimination includes the failure to make
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