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Abstract Details for Title: Module 2: Rehabilitation Philosophy

The rehabilitation process, as it impacts clients, is directly influenced by the prevailing philosophical understanding of disability and the prevailing rehabilitation philosophies at the federal, state, and community levels. The rehabilitation counselor's own biases and philosophy pertaining to disability and rehabilitation also directly impact the delivery of services to persons with disabilities. It is important for rehabilitation counselors to have an understanding of past and present rehabilitation philosophy and the views of persons with disabilities since both guide decisions about who will be eligible for services, who will receive services within the reality of limited resources, and how services will be delivered. It is also important for counselors to explore their own views towards persons with disabilities, particularly beliefs about clients' self-efficacy and ability to judge for themselves what services and outcomes are best for them.