Historically, vocational rehabilitation approaches to assisting deaf people to succeed in employment have been lacking. This contributes to unemployment and underemployment among the deaf community. This article discusses barriers to employment experienced by deaf people, the traditional role of vocational rehabilitation services, and service gaps related to job retention and advancement. A model for the provision of job coach services is provided that calls for the coach to be a member of a team providing routine ongoing services. Current and future efforts to develop coach training opportunities are described as well.
Belknap, P. J., Korwin, K. A., & Long, N. M. (2019). Job Coaching: A Means to Reduce Unemployment and Underemployment in the Deaf Community. JADARA, 28(4). Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/jadara/vol28/iss4/7