Replicated positive results for the VCC model of vocational intervention after ABI within the social model of disability

James F. Malec, Anne M. Moessner

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Primary objective: Replicated evaluation of the Vocational Case Co-ordinator (VCC) Model for vocational rehabilitation after acquired brain injury (ABI). Research design: Referral cohort studied within the social model of disability. Methods and procedures: One hundred and thirty-eight participants with ABI were assisted by a VCC to develop self-directed vocational plans and networks of medical centre and community services. Early intervention, work trials, temporary or long-term supported employment and employer education are fundamental features of the VCC Model. Main outcomes and results: One year after initial placement 80% of participants remained in community-based employment, 56% of the total sample with no support. Better outcomes were associated with earlier intervention but not with initial injury severity. Conclusions: Results replicate original findings of the effectiveness of the VCC Model of vocational rehabilitation after ABI with a different VCC. Implications for social change within the social model of disability are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
JournalBrain Injury
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2006



  • Brain injury
  • Disability
  • Vocational rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology

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