Development Prospects of the System of Vocational Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities (Experience of Lithuania and Ukraine)

Development Prospects of the System of Vocational Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities (Experience of Lithuania and Ukraine)


The present collection of articles has been prepared as the outcome of the project “Vocational Rehabilitation of People with Disabilities” (No. TAP-LU-13-033) that was conducted according to the collaboration programme of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania and the State Agency of Science, Innovations and Informatization of Ukraine in the field of scientific research and technologies for 2011-2015.

The aim of the project was to reveal the preconditions of the success of vocational rehabilitation of people with disabilities and prepare the recommendations for the development of the system of vocational rehabilitation of people with disabilities in both countries by developing bilateral scientific collaboration between Lithuania (Šiauliai University) and Ukraine (University “Ukraine”) and sharing international experience in prevocational training of pupils and students with special educational needs and direct participants of the vocational rehabilitation system, vocational training of people with disabilities, support in the situation of employment and vocational adaptation.

The researchers of both countries worked in four working groups: Preconditions of Success of Vocational Rehabilitation; Peculiarities of the Model of Vocational Rehabilitation; Technologies of the Process of Vocational Rehabilitation; Social Challenges and Vocational Rehabilitation. The researchers’ activity on the aforementioned topics allowed not only viewing the phenomenon from various aspects but also comparing the situation in Lithuania and Ukraine revealing the achievements of the systems, their strengths and the fields to be improved emphasizing both specificity and universality. The present collection of articles features 11 articles that are the joint result of the researchers of both countries.

Undoubtedly, the material collected during the research and possible directions of activity revealed during the discussion groups create the preconditions to contribute to future change of vocational rehabilitation processes not only in Lithuania and Ukraine but also in other countries. 

The collection of articles has been reviewed by the researchers from Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine working in the fields closely associated with vocational rehabilitation and directly related to the participation of people with disabilities in the labour market. We are very grateful for their valuable advice.

We also want to pay tribute to the memory of the project leader from the University of Ukraine, Associate Professor Kateryna Kolchenko.

After a hard illness she left our team when the project activities had just begun. We remember her as an enthusiastic, active and caring researcher, a real patriot of Ukraine and friend of Lithuania. May our Kateryna rest in peace.


Project leaders professors
Liudmyla Serdiuk (ukraine)
Ingrida Baranauskienė (Lithuania)

Project coordinators
Iryna Talanchuk (ukraine)
Laima Tomėnienė (Lithuania)


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