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1 North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services A Kaleidoscope of Services Transition for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened & Deaf-Blind Services in VR Kevin Earp, MA Statewide Coordinator Deafness and Communicative Disorders 805 Ruggles Drive 2801 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC

2 Mission of Vocational Rehabilitation “To promote employment for Persons with disabilities through customer partnerships and community leadership ”

3 NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Interim Director – Elizabeth Bishop Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is an agency under the Department of Health and Human Services 33 Vocational Rehabilitation offices 16 Independent Living Offices 9 Assistive Technology Sites Disability Determination Services Client Assistance Program

4  NC DVRS – Not in Order of Selection  60,450 Eligible Consumers served  Consumers received services from CRP  4,382 Received Supported Employment Services  6,758 Successful closures 1,625 MSD * 3,725 SD * 1,408 Not SD  11,385 Students were provided services in 356 high schools  Earnings  At case opening - $45 Average  At case closure - $282 Average  Race and Ethnicity Race/Ethnicity  ,347White  ,035 Black or African American  Hispanic or Latino  American Indian/Alaska Native  Hawaiian, Multiple Race, Asian Statistics – Federal Year

5  Oct 1, Sept 30, New Applicants 2,500 consumers received services 796 case closures  353 status 26 outcomes  219 status 28 outcomes  $328 Average weekly pay rate  $10.75 Average Hourly pay rate  $6,020 Average Total case cost 2,240 Total Eligible Clients Served Statistics for the D/HH program

6 VR Counselors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

7 VR Process  Referral  Eligibility  IPE  Services  Closure

8 Our School Partners  CTE Coordinator  special educators  Nurses  regular educators  Principals  Autism Specialists  Psychologists  Behavioral support specialists  counselors  cte teachers  Physical Therapists  Students

9 Eligibility Criterion - Individual must have a disability that presents employment barriers -Can Benefit from VR services in order to achieve employment outcome -Requires VR services in order to obtain, maintain or retain employment Note: Some services are financial needs based…

10 Hearing Disabilities – In a nutshell VR Policy 40 dB loss or more in both ears in 500, 1000, 2000 dB 20 dB in one ear  80 dB in other ear Chronic Ear Disease 75% Speech Discrimination Score (50-60 Db Hearing Level) Rapidly Progressive hearing loss Cochlear implant with impediments THEY MUST HAVE AN IMPEDIMENT TO EMPLOYMENT!

11 Transition Services No Cost Services Assessment Vocational Counseling and Guidance In School Work Adjustment Job Readiness Training Job Placement Job Coaching Benefits Counseling Referral Services Cost Services College Expenses Assistive Technology Medical and psychological services Transportation, Interview and work clothing Home and Vehicle Modifications Occupational licenses

12 Examples of impediments to employment  Lack of work history and job skills  Difficulties understanding spoken instructions  Poor self concept  Difficulties interacting with others due to hearing barriers  Limited access to communication techniques  Require Sign Language interpreter  Limited transportation  Require on the job training  Require Communication Access/equipment  Limited Reading and Writing skills  Misconceptions within the workforce  Co-existing disability  Unable to hear audible signals

13 VR Transition Services “School to Life”  Collaboration with Community and State organizations, DPI and local School systems  Work closely with Transition teams for disabled students  Assist with In-school work adjustment and transition needs  Joint participation in IEP  Sharing of Information  Incorporating ITE info into the IPE  Shared funding and Administrative Support (3 rd party)  Serve more clients with significant and most significant disabilities

14  October 27 – 30, 2014  University Hilton Hotel  8629 JM Keynes Drive  Charlotte, NC   Concurrent workshops  Keynote Speakers SERID 2014 – Welcome to Charlotte

15 Any Questions?


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