Vocational rehabilitation involves developing a strong, comprehensive and realistic vocational plan to return an individual to his or her vocational potential.
At Gisclair and Associates, our vocational consultants assist persons with disabilities by providing services such as vocational counseling, job placement assistance, vocational testing, life care planning and expert testimony.
To assess the client’s aptitude, interest, and achievement levels. Gisclair and Associates utilizes numerous vocational tests. The results of these tests will enable the counselor to develop a realistic vocational goal which correlates directly to the individual’s achievement and interest levels.
Disability management is a pro-active approach to effectively manage all disability-related costs of worker’s compensation benefits by having the employee take an active role. Gisclair and Associates can work with employers by assisting them in the development of return to work programs and ADA specific job analyses. In addition, we can help implement training programs for employees and supervisors regarding return to work policies.
“Early intervention is the key to a successful return to work.”
The vocational assessment process begins with an interview of the client. This interview is an integral part of the counseling process. It allows the counselor to develop a relationship with the client. During the evaluation, the counselor obtains the individual’s vocational, educational, and medical histories. This information is crucial in the formulation of a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation plan.
A job analysis is a process which consist of employer/employee interviews, observations, and research in order to determine the essential and marginal functions necessary to perform a particular job. The essential and marginal functions are further disaggregated to determine the physical demands needed to carry out a specific essential or marginal function. A job analysis will also identify the aptitudes and temperaments needed to successfully perform the particular job.
An ergonomic analysis identifies the stressors and barriers within the work area which prevents or limits an individual with a disability from performing his or her job. Once these stressors and barriers are identified adjustment are made to the work station in order for the individual to successfully perform his or her job task. These adjustments may include incorporating an ergonomic desk design, desk organization, chair design, and adjusting computer monitor placement.