Margaret J. Kay, Ed.D. Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
Lancaster Office Phone: (717) 569-6223
Delaware Office Phone: (302) 539-1346
Vocational Evaluation is an educational process in which a client obtains greater self and work knowledge through participation in activities designed to evaluate vocational skills, interests and abilities.
Clients learn about the functional impact of their disabilities in relation to their career options. They also learn about assistive technologies and the devices and accommodations that are needed to remove barriers to employment.
The evaluation process encourages personal involvement in career planning and development and empowers clients by increasing their self-confidence in career decision making.
Vocational assessment and evaluation are invaluable pieces to complete the transition process. An appropriately provided vocational assessment helps to guide the process of discovery for an individual seeking direction in their future career path.
A wide range of options can be provided through these services including career screening assessments, career exploration, interest and aptitude testing, hands-on work sample exploration, situational assessment and community based exploration.
The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) of the Council for Exceptional Children defines transition assessment as an...
“...ongoing process of collecting data on the individual’s needs, preferences, and interests as they relate to the demands of current and future working, educational, living, and personal and social environments.
"Assessment data serve as the common thread in the transition process and form the basis for defining goals and services to be included in the Individualized Education Program (IEP).”
Federal law requires “appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, where appropriate, independent living skills” (§300.320[b]).
Through the varied processes of vocational transition assessment, we help students and adults recognize their strenghts, talents, interests and unique abilities as they relate to future career training, transition and employment opportunities.