Evaluation and Developmental Center | Rehabilitation Institute | SIU

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Evaluation and Developmental Center | Rehabilitation Institute | SIU

Evaluation and Developmental Center

SIU’s Evaluation and Developmental Center fosters independence in people with disabilities »


The Evaluation and Developmental Center is a comprehensive rehabilitation facility with a long history of vocational, psychological, transitional, and driver education services provision. We are a direct service component of Southern Illinois University Carbondale's School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences. We have maintained a successful relationship with the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services for several decades and are jointly funded by Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the state of Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services. We also provide services that are available to the public through a fee for service arrangement and have served individuals referred through public high schools, community colleges, universities, hospitals, the Veteran's Administration, and attorneys.


Evaluation and Developmental Center
500-C Lewis Lane
Carbondale, IL 62901

Ph. 618-453-2331


Our Mission is to assist individuals with disabilities so that they can live and work independently in their community, provide professional training for graduate students and research opportunities for students and faculty to continually develop innovative rehabilitation practices.


The Evaluation and Developmental Center through a joint effort with the Rehabilitation Institute will be at the forefront of innovative rehabilitation services that will lead to individuals with disabilities having confidence that through a shared process with rehabilitation professionals, they will be provided the most effective rehabilitation instruction and information empowering them to make independent decisions leading to satisfying vocational and overall lifestyles.


Our values are linked to ensuring that the rights and dignity of the clients served are protected, therefore the Evaluation and Developmental Center abides by the code of ethics consistent with those of the Commission on the Certification of Rehabilitation Counselors. We recognize and endorse the following values:

  • We believe quality is the essence of distinction. We achieve excellence by our commitment to innovative and individualized services, client satisfaction, and long-term relationships.
  • We believe that results can be achieved by flexible, creative, and interrelated solutions. Developing solutions is the fundamental approach we use for every relationship.
  • We believe in lasting associations with all parties. This includes building genuine relationships with clients and employees. Synergy in our relationships allows us to accomplish more than we can individually.
  • We believe growth is critical in every aspect of business in order to continuously improve. Growth means that clients, employees and the organization are constantly becoming more productive. We believe meaningful growth is found through fundamental honesty that allows all parties to determine the true situation and what is needed for improvement.


Vocational Evaluation (CVE) Services:

This program assesses work strengths, abilities, preferences, and limitations through a comprehensive evaluation process which includes a vocational interview, vocational testing, work samples, and behavioral observations. The evaluation will include an assessment of cognitive functioning, academic achievement, vocational aptitudes, interest and work values, and work personality.  We also provide transferable skills analysis, accommodation and adaptive technology recommendations, insight and brief vocational counseling, and individualized career exploration.

Additional services are also available in the Vocational Evaluation Program if needed. Psychological evaluation is available upon referral and is provided to assess an individual's intelligence through the use of the WAIS-IV and includes diagnostic determinations of learning and other mental disorders to assist with educational and vocational planning.  Diagnosis is provided in accordance to the DSM-5. Specific recommendations for accommodations as well as recommendations for any needed ancillary services are included in the psychological assessment.  A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is also available upon referral. The FCE is completed by a Matheson trained evaluator using the Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation system. The FCE can usually be completed in one day and the resultant report can provide valuable information about the client's physical functional capacities.

Community Employment (CE) Services:

The Evaluation and Developmental Center Community Employment Services program works with and advocates for a client seeking competitive employment. The primary goal is to place clients into compatible, competitive employment. This goal is achieved by matching the vocational interests, work traits, and abilities of the client with available jobs in the community.  Individuals in this program receive assistance with job seeking skills, completing and submitting applications, interviewing skills, job development, contacts with potential employers, and limited job site support.

Living Center Program Description:

The goal of the Living Center is to provide our residents with a safe, friendly and stimulating environment to live and learn new skills, all while being able to form friendships, socialize and work toward personal independence. The Living Center at EDC is organized to meet the resident’s medical, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs and abilities. Services offered include meal preparation and planning tasks, development of smart budgeting and spending skills, daily living skills and training, individual goal setting, community referrals, personal case management services, progress updates, and individualized support counseling with our 24 hour-a-day staff. Residents of the EDC Living Center participate in community activities and recreational activities planned throughout each semester through a collaborative team of professionals.

Driver’s Rehabilitation:

A certified Driver Rehabilitator Specialist provides a wide range of services to individuals with disabilities. Those served include Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services customers, high school students, and individuals recovering from medical problems.

Four components are available for individuals pursuing Driver Rehabilitation Services.  They include Driver Evaluation, Driver Rehabilitation/ Training, Vehicle Adaptive Equipment Prescription and Consultation Services.

James Wooldridge

Driver Rehabilitation Specialist

Phone: 618-453-4324

Fax: 618-453-6386

Work Skills Development (WSD):

This program is designed to teach and train skills and strategies to be able to transition into the world of work after completion of the program. Clients will be able to understand workplace etiquette and employer expectations. We desire our clients to be able to live richer and meaningful lives by creating opportunities and supporting clients to achieve their goals by changes in thoughts, feelings, and actions. This program offers group sessions, case management services, follow-along services, simulated work tasks and volunteering in the community.

Behavioral Consultation:

Behavioral consultation is an independent service of EDC and does not fall under any existing service programs provided directly through EDC. EDC partners with the Behavior Analysis and Therapy program in the Rehabilitation Institute and will provide this service to any client of EDC who demonstrates impeding behaviors that keep them from becoming successfully employed and/or living independently. All behavioral consultation is provided by a Master’s or PhD level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Individuals will be referred to this program on an as needed basis.


The Evaluation and Developmental Center is staffed by master’s level rehabilitation professionals who are supplemented by graduate assistants as it services as a rehabilitation training center for the Rehabilitation Institute. The Rehabilitation Institute provides excellent academic, faculty, and rehabilitation resources to aid staff in service delivery. High ethical standards for staff and graduate assistants are expected and maintained through yearly state of Illinois Ethics Training for University Employees.


Each client has the right to:

Each client has the right to:

1.      Care without discrimination.

  • Each client has the right to considerate, respectful treatment regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or source of payment.

2.      An environment free from mental or physical abuse, retaliation, humiliation, neglect, prejudice, and financial or other exploitation.

3.      Participate in program decisions.

  • Each client has the right to fully participate in program decisions.
  • Each client has the right to consent to or refuse program services as permitted by law and/or valid reason(s).
  • Each client has the right to choose any person(s) he/she wishes to include in decisions.

4.      Information.

  • Each client has the right to access information in his/her chart to assist in decision-making regarding their individual plan.
  • Each client has the right to review and copy their records from EDC and request amendments to their record.
  • Each client has the right to receive information about the services they will receive, about the duration and costs of said services, and about the services that are not available through EDC.
  • Each client has the right to receive information about EDC’s policies and procedures that could affect them.
  • Each client has the right to receive the above-noted information presented in a manner in which he/she can understand.

5.      Privacy and Confidentiality.

  • Each client has the right to have the confidentiality of their individually identifiable health care information protected.
  • Each client has the right to receive written notice of privacy practices.

6.      Timely Complaint Resolution.

  • Each client has the right to file a grievance in order to investigate and resolve any alleged infringement of rights or when he/she is dissatisfied with services.


The Evaluation and Developmental Center is committed to both the concept and implementation of accessibility across all service programs.  Southern Illinois University Carbondale has historically been one of the first major universities in the United States to provide access to campus through physical accommodations that first included sidewalks and wheelchair curbs.  We have come a long way since that time and continue to provide accessibility across campus and associated programs.  As a public university, SIUC is responsible for meeting the accessibility standards as set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


The EDC strives to maintain a healthy and safe environment for both staff and persons served.  To these ends, the organization has written procedures to promote the health and safety of persons served and of working personnel including regular staff, graduate assistants, practicum students, and student workers. 


The Evaluation and Developmental Center provides accessible transportation for services to individuals with disabilities over an approximately fifty-mile range, serving multiple towns, cities, and rural areas.


The Evaluation and Developmental Center (EDC) obtains input on an ongoing basis from persons served, personnel, and other stakeholders using a variety of mechanisms.  The input gathered is analyzed and provided to leadership for program planning, performance improvement, strategic planning, organizational advocacy, financial planning, and resource planning. 


The Evaluation and Developmental Center’s Strategic Plan is based on our mission and values. The current plan includes improving service through increasing research opportunities, improving outcome measurement, continued development and service programs.


Latest demographics from Fiscal Year 2016 indicate that EDC served a total of 187 consumers from 31 different counties across the state of Illinois. The graphs below represent numbers served by severity and disability, disability type, age, gender and ethnicity.


500 C. Lewis Lane
Carbondale, IL 62901
Ph. 618-453-2331

TTY 618-453-2323
Fax 618-453-6386
Email: edcinfo@siu.edu

Hours/Days of Services:

Main Office Hours are:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm; Monday-Friday

Living Center Hours are:
3:00 pm – 9:00 am; Monday-Friday
24-Hours; Saturday and Sunday