Due to the great variability of human experience, the best source of information
Due to the great variability of human experience, the best source of information on the medical and psychosocial impact of disability is directly from the individual. The Interview assignment is intended to give training rehabilitation counseling professionals the opportunity to interview an adult individual with a disability to find out their perspectives on their disability and issues that are important to them. You will be required to a) find a person with a disability who consents to be interviewed, b) have a consent form signed, c) set up the interview and then interview the individual, d) write up a summary of their answers from the interview (due May 15th). The brief summary should not be a transcript of the interview but rather capture the essence of their responses. The interview is intended to be confidential between the interviewee, the interviewer, and the faculty instructors, so no names should be included in the write up. You may instead use a pseudonym. It should be 4-6 pages, double spaced, 10-12 point font, and in a narrative format. Please include the questions in your write up for ease of readability. The interviews will follow a semi-structured format and will cover at least the following: Description of their disability from their point of view (.5 page) Investigation of their strengths, abilities, and skills (.5 page) Description of challenges related to disability over their lifespan (.5 page) Description of their social connectedness and family support (.5 page) Investigation of their employment/education history, work status, and future work goals (.5 page) Description of assistive technology that they use for work or independent living (.5) Description of community resources that are important to the individual (such as vocational, medical, psychological, educational, spiritual, social, financial, housing, etc.). (1 page) Summary of the interview and observational findings (What did you learn from the interview?) (1 page) (NOTE: If you are unable to identify an individual with a disability who agrees to be interviewed, with consent from the instructor, you may interview a family caregiver or a rehabilitation professional (counselor, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, mental health worker, etc.) to ask them about their observations from their family members or clients with disabilities related to each of these questions.

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