Many states now require a Master's Degree for employment as a Deafness Rehabilitation Professional or a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf. While many agencies may hire graduates from general Rehabilitation Counselor training programs, employment opportunities are greater for those who have graduated from programs offering Master's degree specialization related to deafness or deaf services.
Deafness Rehabilitation Professionals are eligible for the same type of certifications as General Rehabilitation Counselors. These include CRC, NCC and other related certifications. Many states and programs are also implementing Sign Language Proficiency evaluations to assist professionals to develop and improve their skills in American Sign Language. While there are currently no certification requirements, national certification or state screening levels for sign Language are often stated as a hiring preference.
Job duties may include provision of assessment services, vocational and adjustment counseling services, provision of independent living skills training, interpreting services, interpreter referral services, advocacy services and/or job placement services. A critical factor in success with this population is the ability to communicate with clients in their preferred mode. This typically includes possessing competency in American Sign Language as well as familiarity with the use of various assistive listening devices.
Deafness Rehabilitation Professionals may be employed in a variety of settings including VR Agencies, Universities, Community Rehabilitation Programs, Mental Health settings, Independent Living Agencies and Community Service Centers.
Additional Information Source
American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA)
P.O. Box 27
Roland, AR 72135