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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services

Help for People with Disabilities to Become Gainfully Employed and Self Sufficient

The VR Program emphasizes community-based services, integration and consumer choice. Ig offers support for people with disabilities to become grainfully employed and self-sufficient.

  • VR works in partnership with people with disabilities to help them assess their skills and interests, to develop individualized plans for employment, and to purchase or arrange for services they need to become employed.
  • Services may include counseling and guidance; physical and mental restoration training; rehabilitaion technology; and job placement
  • Supported employment helps people with significant disabilities achieve employment through job coaching and ongoing support
  • Transition planning services help special education students with significant disabilities and their families prepare for he adult world of work and independent living

Through the VR program, rehabilitation counseling, information, and referral to community services are available for special education students who are at least 16 years old

Services which may be provided to help you become employed include:

  • Vocational assessment to help identify skills, interests, and job goals
  • Vocational counseling and guidance
  • Training and education to learn new vocational skills
  • Job placement services
  • Supported employment
  • Services to help students with disabilities get a job after finishing school
  • Referral to other services

Who can receive VR services?

We work with people who experience all different kinds of physical or cognitive impairments

To receive VR services, you must:

  1. Have a physical or mental impairment which results in a substantial impediment to employment;
  2. Be able to benefit, in terms or an employment outcome, from VR services; and
  3. Require VR services services to prepare for , secure, retain or regain employment

NOTE: Individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) are presumed to be eligible. Contact your local Vocational Rehabilitation Services office for more information.

For Kansas contact: 1-866-213-9079

For Missouri contact: 1-877-222-8963

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