Research and Evidence-Based Practices of Vocational Rehabilitation in Rural, Frontier, and Territory Communities

  • Allison R. FlemingEmail author
  • Bradley W. McDaniels
  • Malachy L. Bishop
  • Debra A. Harley


Evidence-based practices (EBP) are increasingly becoming the hallmark by which training programs, service providers, and policymakers evaluate decision-making. In this chapter, we define and review research on evidence-based practice with persons with disabilities in rural, frontier, and territory communities and consider the practical and systemic barriers to implementation in this context. We conclude with a speculative discussion about future directions in EBP for rural practitioners and the potential for increased use of EBP in rural rehabilitation practice and policy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Allison R. Fleming
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bradley W. McDaniels
    • 2
  • Malachy L. Bishop
    • 2
  • Debra A. Harley
    • 2
  1. 1.Pennsylvania State UniversityRehabilitation and Human ServicesUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation CounselingUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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