Substance Abuse Resources & Disability Issues (SARDI)

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Online, Portal-Based Vocational Rehabilitation Services


To evaluate the effectiveness of online, portal-based VR services and compare the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of online VR services with the outcomes and cost-effectiveness of traditional VR services offered in Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky. The target population will include VR consumers with significant disabilities in these three states who will be randomly assigned to receive either online VR services or traditional VR services. To provide VR counselors with online training resources to obtain CEUs.


The ultimate goal of this application is to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities by improving access to VR services that utilize cloud computing. The specific aims are to:

  • Implement online VR services that are delivered through personal portals that are optimized for use on cell phones, tablets, and computers
  • Compare employment outcomes and cost-effectiveness of online VR services and traditional VR services in a randomized controlled trial (RCT)
  • Evaluate the feasibility, usability, and adoption of online services by VR counselors and consumers To develop an online suite of training webinars to be utilized by VR counselors seeking to satisfy their professional CEU requirements,


Please note that webinars for this grant are now for informational purposes only. The opportunity to earn CEUs is no longer available.

Grant Type

Direct Service

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Principal Investigator

Josephine Wilson, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Primary Contact

Publications and Presentations

  • Wilson, J. F., Kapp, V. A., & Embree, J. A. (2017, March 19-22). Differences in acceptability of telehealth services among populations with disabilities [Poster presentation]. American Academy of Health Behavior Annual Scientific Meeting, Tucson, AZ.
  • Wilson, J.F, Kapp, V.A, and Embree, J.E. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Online, Portal-Based Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
  • Kapp, V. A. & Embree, J. A. (2018, June 1). Using online portals and videoconferencing to provide VR services onLine: Is this the future of VR? [Conference session]. International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals Conference, Columbus, OH, United States.
Last edited on 11/06/2023.