Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Assistive Technology

RESNA 28th Annual Conference - Atlanta, Georgia

Al Noll, EdS, CVE
Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751


Vocational rehabilitation counselors employed by state rehabilitation agencies constitute a significant potential customer and partner in the delivery of Assistive Technology (AT) services, especially vocationally related services. The status of the counselor’s perception, their understanding of their role and function and the competencies to perform these functions is a critical issue for the field of AT. If AT is to be a beneficial tool in the vocational rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, an understanding of the rehabilitation counselor is essential. This study assesses counselors in Wisconsin to better understand their perspectives using a statewide survey of approximately 200 counselors. The data reveal interesting perspectives and explain one barrier AT service delivery encounters in Wisconsin.


Vocational rehabilitation counselor, role and function study, worksite accommodation, role and function

Author Contact Information:

Al Noll, Ed.S., CVE
Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute
University of Wisconsin-Stout
221 10 th Avenue E., Room 101D
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2379
Fax: 715-232-5008
EMAIL: nolla@uwstout.edu