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rehabilitation (VR) is the provision of services to enable individuals
with disabilities to pursue meaningful careers and employment
commensurate with their abilities and capabilities.
Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
- Every state has a federally
funded agency that administers vocational rehabilitation, supported employment,
and independent living services. The services available under these programs
vary widely depending upon the state. They may include medical, psychological,
vocational, and other types of assessments; counseling and guidance; referral
to secure necessary services from other agencies; physical and mental restoration
services; vocational and other types of training; interpreter and reader services;
services to family members; rehabilitation technology services; placement
in suitable employment; post-employment services; and/or other goods and services
necessary to achieve rehabilitation objectives. Some states have separate
vocational rehabilitation programs for individuals who are blind or visually
impaired, and a few states have separate programs for individuals who are
deaf or hard of hearing. To find the vocational rehabilitation program in
your state, check The DRM Regional Resource Directory
which includes the names and addresses
of all state VR departments, with links and e-mail addresses when available.
Services Administration (RSA)
- The Rehabilitation
Services Administration is the federal agency that oversees programs
that help individuals with disabilities to obtain employment
through the provision of counseling, medical and psychological
services, job training, and other service. RSA funds the state
vocational rehabilitation agencies to provide employment-related
services for individuals with disabilities. The RSA web site
provides information about RSA's organization, programs, grants,
monitoring, guidelines, etc.
Assessment: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
- This issue
of NICHCY Transition Summary "describes the importance
of vocational assessment in the educational process of students
with disabilities planning for the transition from school to
work. Vocational assessment is defined in this document, its
purposes are explained, and the ways in which vocational assessment
can benefit teenagers with special needs are discussed. Types
of assessments are discussed as well, as are the roles that key
professionals play in the assessment process."
- Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment
- A division
of the National Rehabilitation Association, VEWAA is a non-profit
organization is a non-profit professional association whose members
work with people to match them with training, careers, and employment.
Its web site provides information about VEWAA's services, training,
publications, professional developments, policy, news, etc.
- Higher Education
- PASS (Plan for Achieving Self-Support)
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Rehabilitation Counseling
- Resources in your state
- This Month in DRM
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