Vocational Evaluation is a tool utilized by counselors and consumers to identify appropriate goals, select educational training programs, as well as, supports required to assist the consumer in achieving an optimal independent living style and quality of life. The purpose of evaluation is threefold:
1) To determine the feasibility of the individual obtaining and maintaining competitive employment.
2) To determine vocational direction and a vocational goal, as well as significance of disability level.
3) To determine the supports required for the individual to successfully achieve that goal. Supports may include skills training, adaptive equipment, behavioral strategies, on the job training, transportation services, medical/psychological needs, individual counseling, etc. The information obtained through vocational evaluation process provides the counselor with a road map from which to develop the Individual Employment/Educational Rehabilitation Plan.
Types of Vocational Evaluations
Comprehensive Vocational Evaluations are complete in house evaluations utilizing standardized testing and behavioral observations in a testing environment. It generally takes the individual two or more days of testing to complete this evaluation. The duration is dependant upon attendance, stamina and the individual’s work speed.
Work Site Evaluations include testing included in Comprehensive Vocational Evaluations, and are also conducted at work sites in the community. Local businesses provide actual work activities for the individuals to experience the skills, demands, and requirements of the workplace. The individual may spend one to two days to complete standardized testing. Additional days are spent in the community. Typically, it takes an individual three or more days to complete this type of evaluation.