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Vocational Rehabilitation

Building a Support System: Vocational Rehabilitation in a Nutshell

July 07, 2016

When it comes to landing the ideal job, it can be difficult to know the tools and skills you’ll need to make those goals a reality. When you have a disability, there are other things you may have to take into account on the job search and in the workplace.

That’s where Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) comes in – but what’s it all about?

Why Use VR?

There are a variety of reasons a person might make use of VR services, but the overarching reason is to achieve employment when living with a disability. VR specialists work with you to develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) that outlines your career goals and some of the key steps to achieving them. Beyond that, VR can offer a host of things, from counseling to skill training to transportation in order to ensure you can successfully hold down a job.

Who Uses VR?

When it comes to eligibility for VR services, there are a few general guidelines to follow in the state of South Dakota. First off, participants need to have a form of physical or mental impairment that impedes that person’s ability to become employed. Beyond that, VR needs to be a viable option for the individual to successfully garner employment and needs to be crucial in entering, engaging with or retaining employment.

When Should You Use VR?

The best indicator of whether or not it’s time to put in a call to your nearest VR provider is joblessness or fear of being jobless. If you worried that your disability is affecting your job search or job performance, getting support from an expert in the field can open up your possibilities. This might include deaf-blind interpreters, assistive technology and medical treatment – whatever might give you the assistance you need to be successful.

How Should You Use VR?

First things first – if you’re interested in getting your VR journey kicked off, your first stop will be an application, which you can fill out online or print out and return via mail. You’ll go through the process of confirming your eligibility for the services, and then a counselor will offer up recommendations for the best ways in which you can make use of VR.

The first step is identifying the need – once you know VR will give you the help you need to take your career goals to the next level, it’s time to apply.

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