Connecting Jobseekers with Disabilities to Employment
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) provides counseling, restorative services, and training for jobseekers with disabilities, helping them achieve employment consistent with their strengths, abilities, capabilities, needs and priorities. DVRS also advises employers on how to adapt the worksite's physical environment or add equipment that will allow an individual to do work tasks more independently, effectively, and safely.
What services does DVRS provide?
Placement Services: One-on-one assistance with job search and interviewing skills, development of job leads both with and for the consumer, and providing support during the job search. This could include on-the-job training (OJT), supported employment (SE), or time-limited placement and coaching (TLPC).
Job Search Skill Development: Providing guidance in work-search activities such as resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search organization.
Supported Employment (SE): Through referral to a supported employment provider, one-on-one assistance in job search, interviewing, and applying for jobs, followed by coaching on-the-job to facilitate learning job duties and adjusting to the work environment. SE also includes periodic follow-up to make sure the consumer retains his or her job.
Job Accommodations: Advising an employer how to adapt the worksite's physical environment or add equipment that will allow an individual to do work tasks more independently, effectively, and safely.
Skills Training: Vocational school, technology or trade school, business school.
College Training: Two- or four-year programs leading to a degree.
Physical Restoration: Referring to equipment or therapies that improve physical or cognitive functioning so that a person is able to work. Examples could be physical, occupational, or speech therapy; cognitive therapy that includes those modalities; prosthetics or orthotics such as artificial limbs, braces, special shoes, hearing aids, and eyeglasses (in some instances).
Emotional Restoration Services: Providing short-term individual, group, or other types of counseling to reduce symptoms of mental health problems and improve work tolerance and the ability to get and keep a job.
Assistive Technology Evaluations: Assessing an individual's ability to drive, as well as recommending equipment needed to drive safely.
Vehicle Modifications: Car and van modifcations can be made for employment-related purposes.
Home Modifications: Finding home modification services if the modifications are needed to reach a specific work goal.
Contact your DVRS Field Office to learn more about the services that are available for both employers interested in hiring jobseekers with disabilities.