The Case of Judy
Judy was paralyzed from the neck down. She must have help getting out of bed, getting dressed, and getting into a motorized wheelchair.
Judy says that she still has the greatest ability of all: her mind, which is as sound as ever. She says if she can find a way to attend the university, she will get a degree in public administration, and she wants to have a career in that field.
JUDY COMES TO YOU
She has come to you, a vocational counselor at the state Department of Rehabilitation, as the first step in getting the funding she needs from the state in order to pursue this educational and career goal.
Your responsibilities are:
•Regarding education:to predict the possibility and probability that an applicant will actually complete the educational program he or she enters
•Regarding occupation:to predict the possibility and probability that an applicant will actually get and retain a job in the proposed field
•Regarding funds:to allocate scarce state funds for rehabilitation in a manner that produces the best results for persons with disabilities and for society
Questions for Discussion
1. Considering Judy’s situation and your responsibilities, what will your decisions be? What are the potential ethical challenges in this situation?
2. What will you say to Judy?
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