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Occupation: Forklift Mechanic Apprentice

After serving time in prison for a crime he committed when he was younger, Adam visited a Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) office and learned he qualified for services as a result of being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), an auditory processing disorder, and specific learning disabilities. He desperately needed full-time employment because his government aid was scheduled to end.

Adam had been working with a parole officer and was happy to have additional support from a DVRS counselor. After testing to determine his interests and needs, his counselor suggested supported employment services because of Adam's difficulty explaining his criminal history. Adam needed help creating a resume and cover letter, and also job search guidance because of employment limitations created as a result of his record.

Adam and his counselor discussed possible options for employment and together determined that he would be a good match in the transportation industry as a warehouse/forklift operator. He attended all meetings with his job coach and found employment as a forklift mechanic apprentice. Adam began working in August 2013 and was offered medical coverage after a 90-day probationary period. He recently purchased a car and his manager continues to be pleased with his performance.

DVRS works with many ex-offenders who have underlying disabilities that are barriers to employment. DVRS counselors provide guidance on effective ways to disclose a previous incarceration, as well as the steps needed to become successfully employed.