Spinal Cord Injury: Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Evaluation

  • Reuben EscorpizoEmail author
  • Logan M. Trenaman
  • William C. Miller
Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)


The experience of work and employment is a major life area to most people including persons with spinal cord injury (SCI); hence, it is crucial to understand and assess disability, which may affect work. In this chapter, the application of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model of the World Health Organization (WHO) and how the ICF model can help us to understand and examine work disability, vocational rehabilitation, and disability evaluation and their application to individuals with SCI will be discussed.

The ICF can be used as a universal reference framework when describing the functioning of an individual with SCI whose work functioning may be less than optimal or whose condition prevents optimal employment participation. One application of the ICF is the ICF Core Set, which is an essential set of ICF categories to depict functioning. Illustration and comparison will be made in this chapter using the ICF Core Set for Vocational Rehabilitation and ICF Core Set for SCI. Finally, contextual factors (environmental and personal factors) relevant to the topic of work and SCI are also presented.


Spinal Cord Injury Work Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Disability Evaluation Health Insurance Benefit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reuben Escorpizo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Logan M. Trenaman
    • 4
    • 5
  • William C. Miller
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation and Movement ScienceThe University of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Swiss Paraplegic ResearchNottwilSwitzerland
  3. 3.ICF Research BranchWHO CC FIC in Germany (DIMDI)NottwilSwitzerland
  4. 4.School of Population and Public HealthUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  5. 5.GF Strong Rehabilitation CenterVancouverCanada
  6. 6.Graduate Program in Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  7. 7.Department of Occupational Sciences and Occupational TherapyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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