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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 27699

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 Statistics – Federal Year 2011-12
NC DVRS – Not in Order of Selection 60,450 Eligible Consumers served Consumers received services from CRP 4, Received Supported Employment Services 6, 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 ,347 White ,035 Black or African American Hispanic or Latino American Indian/Alaska Native Hawaiian, Multiple Race, Asian

5 Statistics for the D/HH program
Oct 1, Sept 30, 2013 825 New Applicants 2,500 consumers received services 796 case closures 353 status 26 outcomes 219 status 28 outcomes $328 Average weekly pay rate $ Average Hourly pay rate $6,020 Average Total case cost 2,240 Total Eligible Clients Served

6 VR Counselors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Scotland Guilford Rockingham Moore Anson Union Richmond Mecklenburg Cabarrus Stanly Surry Ashe Wilkes Yadkin Forsyth Stokes Davidson Randolph Rowan Lincoln Cleveland Gaston Iredell Caldwell Alexander Catawba Burke McDowell Buncombe Rutherford Polk Madison Yancey Watauga Cherokee Graham Clay Macon Jackson Swain Avery Davie Montgomery Mitchell Henderson Transylvania Haywood Wake Granville Person Orange Lee Hoke Robeson Columbus Brunswick Pender Bladen Sampson Duplin Onslow Jones Lenoir Wayne Johnston Harnett Carteret Craven Pamlico Beaufort Hyde Tyrrell Dare Gates Hertford Bertie Martin Pitt Greene Wilson Nash Franklin Warren Halifax Northampton Edgecombe Vance Durham Alamance Cumberland Washington Currituck Camden Pasquotank Perquimans Chowan New Hanover Chatham Caswell Alleghany

7 VR Process Closure Services IPE Eligibility Referral

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

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 Cost Services No Cost Services Assessment
Vocational Counseling and Guidance In School Work Adjustment Job Readiness Training Job Placement Job Coaching Benefits Counseling Referral 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 (3rd party) Serve more clients with significant and most significant disabilities

14 SERID 2014 – Welcome to Charlotte
October 27 – 30, 2014 University Hilton Hotel 8629 JM Keynes Drive Charlotte, NC 28262 Concurrent workshops Keynote Speakers

15 Any Questions?

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