2VOCATIONAL REHABILTATION SERVICES PROVIDES SERVICES FOR ELIGIBLE PERSONS WITH PHYSICAL AND MENTAL IMPAIRMENTS.THESE SERVICES ARE DESIGNED TO ENABLE YOU TO PREPARE FOR, OBTAIN, KEEP OR REGAIN EMPLOYMENT.WHO IS ELIGIBLE?ELIGIBILITY FOR VR SERVICES, AS DETERMINED BELOW , IS BASED UPONTHE PRESENCE OF A PHYSICAL OR MENTAL IMPAIRMENT AND A GOAL FOREMPLOYMENTThe physical impairment must constitute or result in a substantial impediment to employmentThe individual’s employment outcome can benefit from vocational rehabilitation services the individual requires vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, obtain, keep, or regain employmentIf you are receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your disability, you are presumed eligible for VR services if you intend to secure employment.
3Informed Choice… DEFINITION Informed Choice is a reflection of the relationship between you and your VR counselor. You will be provided information about the vocational rehabilitation processand those choices include:Who will be your counselor ?What services you receive?Who provides the service?What job you attain?You and your counselor share the responsibility of making choices about your servicesand exploring the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Your employmentgoal must be complimentary of your individual strengths, resources, priorities,concerns, abilities, capabilities and interests.
4Applying For Services… An individual who resides in the State of Florida that has a physical or mental impairment can apply for Vocational Rehabilitation Services. A referral for services can be made by:Telephone, Walk-in, or www. Rehabworks.orgThe Vocational Rehabilitation Unit has three business work days to respond to your request for services. You may be contacted by phone, letter or (if you request).Your Responsibilities:Keep your scheduled appointmentsBring Identification and contact informationBring any medical or psychological records that document your disability or have the addressand contact informationBe prepared to discuss employment issues that are effecting your ability to work (i.e. Lack of training, no job skills, cannot sit or stand for long periods, left hand does not grasp small items)
5What Happens During the Initial Appointment? Provide work historyShare previous injuries and health problems that effect the work taskShare education and training experiencesThe VR counselor looks for impediments or issues that prevent employment or ways to help you become employableIf current information is not available, your VR counselor will help you choose providers of any necessary evaluations at no cost to you. The evaluations will indicate whether there is treatment or other forms of assistance that help support your efforts to obtain employmentYou should request a comprehensive vocational evaluation of your vocational skills so that it can be used to find a suitable job goal for your IPE
6Individual Plan … Types of Services Vocational Evaluation/ Counseling The Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed cooperatively with theVR Counselor. The IPE should include your chosen Vocational Goal and VR services you will receive.You have the option of developing it alone or with the assistance of the VR Counselor or designated assistanceThe IPE must be realistic and all services must relate to your documented disability and the level of intervention you would need to become employedThe IPE process can take up to 120 days to develop due to the coordination and discovery of ServicesTypes of ServicesVocational Evaluation/ CounselingTransportationVehicle ModificationJob PlacementRehabilitation TechnologyInterpreter ServicesTuition, books and feesPhysical RestorationMental RestorationServices to Family Members
7Determining Eligibility… Eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitation Services must be accomplished in Sixty days. The consumer and the VR Counselor must agree to an extension on determining eligibility and the reasons for a delay are very few.They are as follows:Documentation of Disability not provided timelyAct of God, office closure (i.e. hurricanes)Scheduled evaluations cannot take place within 60 days and a report providedFailure to keep scheduled appointments by the applicantIf you are receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your disability you are presumed eligible for services if you intend to find employment.You are eligible after your first initial meeting, evaluation and planning are next.
8Receipt of Services… Job Placement The VR counselor will assist you in managing your disability while improving your ability to get a job. The services that were chosen are directly related to your impediment.The services will enhance or accommodate your abilities to seek employment.All services are provided on a short-term basis you should seek to utilize them in a timely manner so you can proceed to towards your goal of employment. The service and proximity of the services should be coordinated between you and counselor. All services are based on needs, abilities and availabilityJob PlacementWhen you have received services that have stabilized your medical, mental, physical or employment issues you will work with the VR counselor to find a job within your vocational goal.Placement services can be a service on your IPE and that agency provides job leads,resume writing, interviewing skills that will market you skills and abilities. You must remainactively involved during job development so that you are pleased with the employment outcome.The job must be satisfying and meet your expectations.
9VR Checklist…Call and request DVR services - via phone, or walk-inFollow-up on request seven days from first contactRequest current medical records and bring them to the scheduled appointmentDevelop a list of problems that prevent you from working -i.e. Job skills, appropriate career, medical issuesState your desire to work or return to workProvide information on other organizations that support your independence and work goalsRequest a comprehensive vocational evaluation that provides a profile of your skills and abilities, so vocational counseling can be provided by DVR counselorInquire about providers that serve your service area (Choose one)Attend all scheduled evaluations/ appointmentsReview results of evaluations and discuss options for stabilizing your impairments so employment can be achievedChoose a vocational goalParticipate in development of IPEContact your VR counselor monthly and provide updates on servicesReport stabilization of mental or physical issues to VR counselorDevelop a relationship with your employment consultantDaily perform a job seeking activityMake a list of all your strengths and practice relating them to othersUpgrade interviewing skillsDo your best on all interviews and job inquiriesGet a job and keep it!
15What is the best method to contact you? Provide phone numbers and names of who can discuss your case.Notify DVR when your information changesWhat prevents you from working:Provide the diagnosis, ( ie. Brain injury, Cerebral palsy)Do you require American Sign Language Interpreter? YESRequest and interpreter at your first contact with the agency to givethem time to secure assistance. Interpreters can be found for otherforeign languages.If you know someone who can help bring them to the meeting.Do you require assistive listening device? YESIf you need special equipment tell them. If you use Florida Relay forcommunication.Do you require any accommodation for your impairment? YESIf yes, please explain: ( Provide details)If you need someone to read for you, or write let them know.
16My Self-Advocate Statement Greeting______,I am (NAME). Today I am interested in finding employment. I have been un-employed since ______, due to my Brain/spinal cord injury.I would like VR to help me find a job that I am good at because I can no longer_____, _____, ________, and ________. OR I have no work experience but I know that I need to work to provide for myself.I brought with me records about my disability. Or I have the contact information of my doctors and support programs. I receive Social Security Insurance (SSI).I am not aware of my skills so I need an evaluation that would tell me my skills and job ideas.
17YOUR RIGHTS!If you feel you have been discriminated against by VR in any ofthe following areas:Sex, Race, Martial Status, Age, Religion, Political Affiliation,Disability, National Origin, or Coloryou should contact the VR Supervisor, Area Supervisor, Area Director orVR Ombudsman, or (Voice/TDD) in the order above to express your concerns.If you are not satisfied with the response contact:Client Advocacy ProgramWebster Building – Suite 1002671 Executive Center Circle, WestTallahassee, FL 32301(Voice)(TTY)