Introduction to the Centrality of Work for Individuals With Disabilities

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This chapter provides an introduction to the centrality of work and discusses the role and importance of work in meeting basic human needs. The chapter helps the reader to understand work is important to individuals, especially individuals with disabilities. Work is the primary organizing structure of life and the significance of work in the lives of individuals with disabilities has been radically altered over the past half a century. Work provides opportunities to advance, opportunities for social support systems, and opportunities for self-expression and self-determination, all necessary components of psychological health. Individuals are social beings who have strong needs to be connected with the broader society and develop strong interpersonal relationships. Work provides a means for individuals with disabilities to survive and derive power. The centrality of work in people’s lives is a core value that guides vocation rehabilitation counseling services.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCareer Development, Employment, and Disability in Rehabilitation
EditorsDavid R. Strauser
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-8261-9564-7
ISBN (Print)978-0-8261-9563-0
StatePublished - Sep 2013

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