Helping People With Disabilities in Jobs and Careers
|Original article by Bill Dupes||First Step - Volume 4, 2005|
|Translated into plain language by Helen Osborne of Health Literacy Consulting|
|Also available in PDF format. Requires Acrobat Reader from Adobe.|
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a nationwide program that helps people with disabilities find employment, whether they simply need a job to pay the bills or and find more meaningful, long-term careers. VR not only benefits people with disabilities but also trains workers for jobs that need to be filled.
Many, though not all, people with disabilities can use VR services. People need to apply before VR can determine if they are eligible for (can get) services. In order to use VR services, you must:
Once accepted into VR, you are assigned a counselor who works with you. He or she will help you choose a VR program. There are four types.
1. Vocational Counseling & Guidance. In this program, you work individually (alone) with a counselor. He or she offers support to help you reach your career and job goal. This starts with an assessment of your work potential, including:
VR Services . After an assessment of your work potential, you and the counselor choose which services will help you get a job and find a meaningful career. These services can include:
3. Training & Education. VR offers many types of training that helps people get back to work. This includes:
4. Job Placement. VR is not an employment agency. You will need to look for a job just like everyone else. But VR can help you find job leads, fill out applications, write a resume, and practice for job interviews. It can also help you deal with work-related disability issues such as what to say about your disability or how to ask for needed changes in job duties.
How to learn more:
VR has programs across the United States. There are large programs in each state’s capital city as well as smaller ones in satellite offices. To find a VR program near you, look in the state section of your local phone book under “Rehabilitative Services” or “Vocational Rehabilitation Services.”
Translated from Vocational Rehabilitation Helping People With Disabilities Define Career Goals, Find Employment
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