An International Consortium for the Development of Rehabilitation Professionals
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An International Consortium for the Development of Rehabilitation Professionals



Delivered at 2003 Conference of National Rehabilitation Association: Nashville, Tennessee

Delivered at 2003 Conference of National Rehabilitation Association: Nashville, Tennessee



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  • An International Consortium for the Development of Rehabilitation Professionals  
    • University of Wisconsin-Stout (Kathleen Deery, Ph.D.; Renee Surdick)
    • Universal Learning Systems (Alan Bruce, Ph.D.)
    • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Chrisann Schiro-Geist, Ph.D)
    • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (Henry McCarthy, Ph.D.)
    • Support Provided by the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange (CIRRIE)
  • Premise
    • “ The emergence of a true global economy dictates a new role in international activities to promote the well being of persons with disabilities through access to jobs, better technology and social supports... “
    • Source: NIDRR Long Range Plan 1999-2004
  • Rationale
    • Of the estimated 600 million people with disabilities living in the world, more than 500 million are considered “marginalized” by society – lacking the basic human rights of inclusion, equality, accessibility, and justice.
    • Source: UN, Disability Statistics Database
    • Only a small proportion of the world has established anti-discrimination regulations, and only four countries have passed Disability Rights legislation. (US/UK/AU/NZ)
  • Problem
    • Training of rehabilitation professionals is not universally available
    • Available training is varied & tends to lack a holistic approach to service provision
  • Foreign Perceptions of U.S. Models
    • U.S. rehabilitation interventions in foreign countries are sometimes perceived as “charitable” and one-sided
    • U.S. rehabilitation models have not been shaped by the experiences, insights or achievements of other countries
  • In a globalized environment….
    • It’s important to know what other countries are doing
    • It’s equally important to know what our own countries are doing
      • What are the international efforts within our individual nations?
  • Solution:
    • By creating learning partnerships on an international level, we can begin to exchange and develop mutually beneficial “best practices”
  • Key Point:
    • International is not the
    • same as Multicultural
  • Targeted Domains
    • Legislation
    • Assessment
    • Counseling
    • Independent Living
    • Training
    • Placement
    • Technology
    • Research
  • Challenges of an International Partnership
    • Dealing with different…
      • Definitions
      • Traditions
      • Legislation
      • Systems
      • Policy Emphases
    • Ethnocentric habits
    • Disparate training and credentials
  • Benefits of an International Partnership
    • Enhance learning
    • Develop new perspectives
    • Challenge assumptions
    • Promote creative dialogue
    • Increase use of technology
    • Foster innovation
    • Best Practices Emerge
  • Ideal partnerships are based on:
    • Commitment to Values
      • Respect
      • Appreciation
      • Listening
    • Collaborative Mission
      • Vision
      • Strategy
      • Transformation
  • An International Partnership for Collaborative Learning: United States & Ireland
  • Rationale for Partnership
    • Both U.S. and Ireland have had successful models of rehabilitation
    • Common language
    • Historical connections
    • Interlinked cultures
  • The Partners
    • Universal Learning Systems (Dublin, Ireland)
    • Dunhill Learning Centre (Waterford, Ireland)
    • University College Cork (Cork, Ireland)
    • University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, WI)
    • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
    • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (New Orleans, LA)
  • Vision
    • To create an international model of collaboration that is built upon the strengths and contributions of each partner in the rehabilitation enterprise
  • Methodologies for Collaboration
    • Distance Education Technologies
    • Organizational Support
    • Resource Sharing
    • Peer Exchanges
    • Research
    • Phase I
    • Identification of individual and overlapping needs in:
      • United States
      • Ireland
      • European Union
  • Needs in the United States
    • Funding
    • Professional Competence
    • Access to Health Care
    • Philosophical & Programmatic Stability
    • Data Driven Outcome Measures
    • Program Evaluation
  • Needs in Ireland
    • Structural Change
    • Independent Living
    • Legislation
    • Professional Competence
    • Mainstreaming
    • Standards
    • Employment Outcomes
  • Needs of the European Union
    • The Four Pillars
      • Employability
      • Adaptability
      • Entrepreneurship
      • Equal Opportunities
    • Social Cohesion
    • Rights
    • Inclusion
    • Employment Strategy
    • ESF Efficiency
  • Common Needs
    • Consumer-Driven Change
    • Assessment-Based Decision Making
    • Disability Management
    • Social and Cultural Awareness
    • Research Orientation
    • Program Evaluation
  • Phase II
    • Ongoing network development
      • Video & teleconferencing
      • Web-based communication
      • Shared site visits
    • Development of distance education programs
      • Continuing education
      • Graduate degree program
  • Future Directions
    • Consumer advocacy
    • Student and peer exchanges
    • Collaborative research
    • Knowledge dissemination
    • Systems change