Data Note: Shifts in VR Outcome Trends for VR Customers With and Without Intellectual Disabilities

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Smith, Frank A.
people with intellectual disabilities; vocational rehabilitation; employment services; Disability Law; Labor Relations; Public Policy; Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling
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People with intellectual disabilities (ID) aspire to gainful employment1. To assist them with this goal, state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies offer employment services based upon Individualized Plans for Employment (IPEs). A commonly used measure of outcomes is the rehabilitation rate, defined as the percentage of individuals exiting the program who have achieved an employment outcome after receiving services with an IPE. This indicator does not consider that not all eligible consumers progress to receive services after an IPE is developed. This occurs for a variety of individual, service, and systems reasons. Reviewing data for eligible consumers who do not receive services provides a more complete picture of the experiences of individuals who engage with and exit the VR system.