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Section IX. Survey Results

Findings

Findings highlighted by the surveys summarized in the preceding pages include the following:

  1. The most pressing challenge faced by Disability: IN Ohio members is in the promotion of a culture of inclusion and in training employees to treat individuals with disabilities as valued members of the workforce, including using appropriate disability etiquette and providing accommodations when necessary to help those individuals integrate into the employee population.

  2. Disability: IN Ohio members have expressed a need for assistance in the recruitment and hiring of individuals with disabilities.

  3. Based on the Survey for Disability and Employment, there are several correlations between an applicant’s characteristics and circumstances and VR outcomes. These include length of separation from the labor market, attitudes about employment, and personal and family attitudes toward employment.

  4. The Survey for Disability and Employment also found that individuals who were employed or self-employed at application had the highest rates of employment (35 percent) compared with those who had not worked five or more years ago at 13 percent.

  5. According to the Survey for Disability and Employment, the strongest predictor of exiting the VR program without employment was discouragement from family and friends. Fifty-eight percent of these respondents exited before IPE, 30 percent exited after IPE but without employment and 11 percent exited with employment.

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