Rehabilitation counselors' knowledge of hearing loss and assistive technology

Yael Bat-Chava, Elizabeth Deignan, Daniela Martin

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Many employees who are hard of hearing or late-deafened can benefit from appropriate counseling by rehabilitation counselors about job accommodation and assistive technology. Two studies assessed the ability of rehabilitation counselors to assist these consumers. In one study, rehabilitation counselors were surveyed about their knowledge of deafness, issues related to people who are hard of hearing or late-deafened, and assistive technology. In another study, curricula of rehabilitation counseling programs were examined for what they teach students about people who are deaf, hard of hearing and late-deafened, and about assistive technology. Results demonstrate that with more specialized pre-service training and more in-service training hours, rehabilitation counselors know more about these issues. Nonetheless, many graduate programs fail to provide counselors with information needed to counsel clients who are hard of hearing or late-deafened. This paper offers suggestions for increasing counselors' knowledge in these areas to facilitate workplace accommodation of individuals with a hearing loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-44
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Rehabilitation
  • General Health Professions


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