4NAV AJO NATION OSERSMission: Promoting Work and Independence for People with disabilities.Provide culturally relevant VR services necessary to assist American Indians with disability in preparing for securing, retaining, or regaining an employment outcome.
5NAV AJO NATION OSERS1962 – AZ RSA funded a study revealing active participation by Navajo people in VREstablished in July 1975 with 3 staffCooperative relationships between the state, federal agencies, and Navajo Nation to improve existing system.3 year (I & E) grant from DES/RSAwith a 10% match by the Navajo Nation
6History of Navajo OSERS Comprehensive VR service delivery planAffirmative Action plan1978 authorized special project grants to governing bodies of Indian tribes on federal and/or state reservations for cultural relevant VR services
7Department of Dine Education Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation ServicesNavajo NationEducation CommitteeNavajo NationBoard of EducationSuperintendentof SchoolsAssociate Superintendentof SchoolsFederal/StateSupported ProgramsNavajo NationCouncil on DisabilityOSERSRehabilitation ServicesVocational Rehab./Independent LivingEarly Childhood InterventionTraining & Support ServicesARIZONAChinleFt. DefianceGanadoKayentaKeams CanyonPolaccaTubaCityWinslowNEW MEXICOCrownpointGallupTohajiileeTohatchiShiprockChinle AgencyCrownpoint AgencyFt. Defiance AgencyGanado Sub-officeKayenta AgencyShiprock AgencyTuba City AgencyUtah Navajo Service AreaTuba City IndustrialLaundry ProgramTuba CityFood ServiceVending OperationWindow Rock
8Unemployment Rates over time 2000200120052007Navajo Nation44%42%53%49%Arizona4.0%4.7%4.6%3.8%U.S.5.1%Source: Arizona Dept of Commerce Research Administration, Arizona Unemployment Statistics Program Special Unemployment Reports ( ).
9Navajo Nation Office of Special Education & Rehabilitation Services Vocational Rehabilitation ServicesIndependent Living ServicesEarly Childhood Intervention (Growing in Beauty)Tuba City Industrial Laundry/Food Vending ServicesNavajo ABLENavajo Nation Trust FundsNavajo Nation Advisory Council for People with Disabilities
10Early Childhood Intervention (Growing in Beauty) “Hozhoogo Jinooseel” brings families and professionals together, working to support the child’s growth, development and learning.
11A person is Eligible for VR services: 1. Be an enrolled member of an American IndianTribe/Alaska Native Tribe;2. *Must physically reside on/near the reservation;3. Have a physical or mental impairment which constitutes an impediment to employment;4. Require VR services that will lead to employment.*Each Tribes determines radius of on/near reservation
12What Services may be Provided? Native Healing ServicesAn evaluation to determine eligibility and vocational needsGuidance & counselingWork related placement servicesVocational skills trainingMental/Physical restorationExpenses for Maintenance, tuition, books/supplies, personal needs, room/board, transportationServices for the blind, deaf, visual impairments
13Services….. Self employment start up costs, tools, equipment, supplies Occupational needs, licenses, tools, uniforms, work shoesRehabilitation Technology AccommodationsAssistive technology devices for participating in training, employmentPost-employment & other services to help or maintain employmentInformation and Referral to other programs as needed
14Independent Living Services Independent Living Services(IL) are provided to assist Navajo people with significant disabilities so that they can live independently in their home, community and environment.IL Services are funded by the Navajo Nation Trust Funds set aside by the NN Council in 1986.
15A person is eligible for IL services: Enrolled member of the Navajo Nation;Have a significant mental/physical impairment which limits their ability to function independently in their community, home and environment, or engage in employment;IL services are required to achieve a greater level of independence.
16What IL services maybe provided? Information/referralAdvocacyPeer CounselingAssistive Technology devices & equipmentNative Healing ServicesIL skills TrainingRehabilitation services(ramps, home modifications)Assistance in identifying accessible housing, transportation, services.Mobility skills training for blind/visual impairment.
17Tuba City Industrial Laundry Food Vending Services TCIL/Food Vending Services are training sites that provide support services and employment for individuals with disabilities who are referred from VR, IL , schools and other services.The training sites are located in Window Rock and Tuba City.
18Navajo Nation Council on People with Disabilities Advisory Council for the Navajo Nation.Appointed by the President of the Navajo Nation.Composed of Navajo Persons with disabilities, parents of children/students with disabilities and service provider agencies;Advises and recommends to Navajo OSERS and Navajo Nation programs to assure equal access to employment, public buildings and services on the NN
19Advisory Council Current Members Hoskie Bennally, Jr. President /WaterflowSylvia McKinley,Vice-President/FruitlandJanice Begay, Secretary-Treas/ShiprockCecelia Benally/ FruitlandElsie Dee, Montezuma Creek, UTRose M. Zunie, Church Rock, NMRoger B. Johnson, Rehoboth, NMStephanie L. Benally, Midvale, UTEmmett Betsuie, Shiprock, NM
20Navajo Nation Trust Fund for People with Disabilities OVERVIEWIn December 1986 the NN established the trust fund for seven million dollars pursuant to Resolution CD for Navajo people with disabilities.Every year5% of annual accrued interest is reinvested.95% of the annual accrued interests are used to provide services to individuals with disabilities.
21Purpose – Trust FundsProvide supplemental fiscal support to NN and non- Tribal programs for the establishment and provision of appropriate, quality, accessible services which promote the self-sufficiency of Navajos with disabilities.
22Conceptual Representation of Navajo Cycle of Services