UW-Stout News Story

Vocational rehabilitation program, SVRI accredited

July 13, 2012

A vocational rehabilitation program and facility at University of Wisconsin-Stout recently received national accreditations.

The Bachelor of Science undergraduate program in vocational rehabilitation was accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education for eight years. The Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute was reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International for three years.

• The undergraduate program is the first of two in the nation to be accredited by CORE, according to Kyle Kleist, UW-Stout program director. CORE previously only accredited graduate programs.

“This is an eight-year accreditation with no conditions and only one recommendation, so we’ve set the bar pretty high for undergraduate programs going through the process in the future,” Kleist said.

UW-Stout’s program offers the following concentrations: community-based rehabilitation, criminal justice, independent living, psychiatric, recreational, rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation technology, social work, special education certificate and substance abuse counselor. The program also offers an individualized concentration that students can design with Kleist.

For more information, go to the website.

UW-Stout also offers a graduate program in vocational rehabilitation; go to the website.

• SVRI has been reaccredited multiple times by CARF International. The reaccreditation covers assistive technology supports and services; comprehensive benefits planning; and comprehensive vocational evaluation services.

CARF International accreditations are for a maximum of three years. During its reaccreditation three years ago, SVRI was the first facility in the country to be accredited for comprehensive benefits planning, according to SVRI Director John Lui.

SVRI, a teaching rehabilitation facility on campus, provides research, training and such clinical services as evaluation and transition and employment services for individuals with disabilities. In addition to services, SVRI is an applied learning center for undergraduate and graduate students and practitioners.

The facility dates to 1968 on campus. For more information, go to the website.

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