Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation in Rural Settings

Challenges to Service Delivery

  • Debra A. Harley
  • Noel A. Ysasi
  • Malachy L. Bishop
  • Allison R. Fleming

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Community Characteristics and Issues in Rural, Frontier, and Territory Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William A. Erickson, Sara VanLooy, Sarah von Schrader, Susanne M. Bruyère
      Pages 17-41
    3. Bradley W. McDaniels, Debra A. Harley, David T. Beach
      Pages 43-57
    4. Allison R. Fleming, Noel A. Ysasi, Debra A. Harley, Malachy L. Bishop
      Pages 117-136
  3. Select Populations with Disabilities in Rural Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Noel A. Ysasi, Bradley W. McDaniels
      Pages 139-150
    3. Lisa Dunkley, Maram Alfulayyih, Lebogang Tiro, Byung Jin Kim, Debra A. Harley
      Pages 169-187
    4. Debra A. Harley, Lisa Dunkley
      Pages 215-238
    5. Glacia Ethridge, David Staten, Kayla D. Goodman, Delia R. Kpenosen
      Pages 269-279
    6. Bradley W. McDaniels, Byung Jin Kim, Debra A. Harley
      Pages 281-294
  4. International Vocational Rehabilitation Practice, Employment, and Policy for Rural Development for People with Disabilities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Daniel W. Wong, Lucy Wong Hernandez
      Pages 317-334
    3. Elias Mpofu, James Athanasou, Ashley Craig, Shane Heasley
      Pages 335-352
    4. Noel A. Ysasi, Irmo Marini, Debra A. Harley
      Pages 353-366
    5. Amy D. Spriggs, Elizabeth Siereveld, Molly Baldridge, Kaylee Ortiz, Thomas Young
      Pages 383-397
    6. Deniz Aydemir-Döke, Elif Emir-Öksüz
      Pages 399-419
    7. Fabricio E. Balcazar, Marisol Moreno Angarita, Daniel Balcazar, Eliana Isabel Bedoya Durán
      Pages 421-435
    8. Debra A. Harley, Allison R. Fleming, Sherri L. Greer, Patricia Mundt
      Pages 437-454
  5. Rural Vocational Rehabilitation Practice and Service Delivery

  6. Education, Training, Networking, and Research on Vocational Rehabilitation in Rural, Frontier, and Territory Communities

  7. Debra A. Harley, Noel A. Ysasi, Malachy L. Bishop, Allison R. Fleming
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 717-735

About this book


This first-of-its-kind textbook surveys rehabilitation and vocational programs aiding persons with disabilities in remote and developing areas in the U.S. and abroad. Contributors discuss longstanding challenges to these communities, most notably economic and environmental obstacles and ongoing barriers to service delivery, as well as their resilience and strengths. Intersections of health, social, structural, and access disparities are shown affecting rural disabled populations such as women, racial and sexual minorities, youth, and elders. In terms of responses, a comprehensive array of healthcare and health policy solutions and recommendations is critiqued with regard to health, employment, and service effectiveness outcomes.

Included among the topics:

  • Healthcare initiatives, strategies, and challenges for people with disabilities in rural, frontier, and territory settings.
  • Challenges faced by veterans residing in rural communities.
  • The
Asia and Pacific region: rural-urban impact on disability.
  • Challenges after natural disaster for rural residents with disabilities.
  • Meeting the needs of rural adults with mental illness and dual diagnoses.
  • Capacity building in rural communities through community-based collaborative partnerships.
  • Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation in Rural Settings makes a worthy textbook for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates in the fields of social work, community and environmental psychology, public health, sociology, education, and geography. Its professional audience also includes vocational rehabilitation counselors serving these dynamic populations.


    Accessibility Disability Chronic illness Frontier communities Rural communities Rural rehabilitation Outreach disability services Territory communities

    Editors and affiliations

    • Debra A. Harley
      • 1
    • Noel A. Ysasi
      • 2
    • Malachy L. Bishop
      • 3
    • Allison R. Fleming
      • 4
    1. 1.Department of Early Childhood, Special, Education, and Rehabilitation CounselingUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
    2. 2.College of Health and Human Services, Rehabilitation Services and Rehabilitation CounselingNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA
    3. 3.Department of Early Childhood, Special, Education, and Rehabilitation CounselingUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
    4. 4.Pennsylvania State UniversityRehabilitation and Human ServicesUniversity ParkUSA

    Bibliographic information

    • DOI
    • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
    • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
    • eBook Packages Social Sciences
    • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64785-2
    • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64786-9
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