The transportation voucher model works to address transportation barriers in rural communities, a significant problems for people with disabilities. Many rural communities lack the resources to provide accessible and safe transportation so that people with disabilities can fully participate in community life. Researchers at RTC: Rural studied this problem and developed one potential solution that helps individual consumers meet their transportation needs through the use of transportation vouchers.
You can read more about the transportation voucher model by visiting the RTC: Rural website.
People with disabilities have an unemployment rate more than twice that of people without disabilities. The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) system helps people with disabilities find and maintain employment but over half of VR consumers leave services early. In 2013, researchers at the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) conducted a research project on early exit from VR services. Reasons for early exit from VR services vary but include issues such as inaccurate contact information, disconnected phone or relocation. However, some VR consumers cite dissatisfaction with services as their primary reason for discontinuing. The researchers who developed this study wanted to learn more about why consumers were not satisfied with VR services and offer insight on these findings to VR counselors with the goal of reducing early exit from the system.
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