VISTAS Career Counseling and Development

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Supports and Barriers to Employment Among Disabled and Nondisabled Rural Residents

Courtney Evans-Thompson, Caroline Booth, and Robin Guill Liles


There has been increasing recognition of the complex nature of career across the lifespan and the multiple supports and barriers that an individual can encounter during their unique career development. This understanding has allowed counselors, particularly in rehabilitation settings, to help clients optimize their supports and overcome their multiple barriers to achieve gainful employment. Disability programs and spending are growing at a much faster rate than the population, and there is concern about the impact that disability compensation may have on an individual’s return to work. An important topic for discussion is the supports and barriers to employment unique to rural areas and how these variables differ between disabled and non-disabled residents.

Keywords: employment, supports, barriers, disability, rural

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