Your Counselor will go through a process of obtaining medical and/or psychological
information. Your Counselor will use that information to determine your eligibility,
and will discuss the eligibility criteria with you. Individuals who are receiving
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance are automatically
considered to have met the eligibility criteria. An individual is eligible for Vocational
Rehabilitation services if
- the individual has a physical or mental impairment;
- the impairment constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment;
- the individual shall be presumed to be able to benefit in terms of an employment
outcome from the provision of Vocational Rehabilitation services unless there is
clear and convincing evidence that the applicant is incapable of benefiting in terms
of an employment outcome from Vocational Rehabilitation services;
- the applicant requires services to prepare for, enter into, engage in, regain or
retain gainful employment consistent with the applicant's strengths, concerns,
abilities, capabilities and informed choice.
Once the eligibility decision is complete, you and your Counselor will begin to
develop an individualized plan for employment. The individualized plan for employment
is developed based on your interests, informed choice, abilities, capabilities,
strengths, resources and priorities. The length of time this takes depends on how
comprehensive the individualized plan for employment is and what services you will
need to complete the plan.
An eligibility determination will be made within 60 days of your signed applications.
There is no cost to you during the eligibility determination process. If you are
eligible, the individualized plan for employment is developed with the understanding
that if you do not meet Vocational Rehabilitation's financial eligibility guidelines,
you will be required to participate financially in your rehabilitation program.
If you don't like the job that your Counselor helped you find, don't accept
it. This situation should not occur, however, since you are an active participant
in the development of your individualized plan for employment which documents your
choice of employment. If you accepted the job and then quit, you will not need to
apply again IF your case is still open. If your case has been closed, you can reapply
Vocational Rehabilitation can provide the services identified on your Individualized
Plan for Employment, which are required for you to achieve an employment outcome.
Services may include:
- Assessment to determine eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs
- Counseling and guidance
- Referral services
- Job search and placement assistance; job retention and follow-up
- Vocational and other training services
- Diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental impairments (if financial assistance
is not available from another source, such as health insurance)
- Maintenance for additional costs incurred while receiving services
- Transportation services
- Personal assistance services
- Interpreter services for individuals who are deaf, and reader services for individuals
who are blind
- Rehabilitation teaching services and orientation and mobility services for individuals
who are blind
- Occupational licenses, tools and equipment
- Services for individuals pursuing self employment or establishing a small business
- Rehabilitation technology services
- Transition services, from school to work, for students with disabilities
- Supported employment services
If you get a job you will eventually lose your Social Security benefits, after a
trial work period has been completed. This is a complicated topic, and should be
discussed in detail with your Counselor during development of the individualized
plan for employment.
If you are employed successfully in a full-time job and lose that job, you can reapply
for Social Security and you can also reapply for Vocational Rehabilitation services.
Vocational Rehabilitation has helped many individuals start their own small businesses.
This would need to be discussed with your Counselor when your IPE is being developed.
If it is mutually agreed that starting a small business is a viable goal, a small
business plan and a meeting with Vocational Rehabilitation's business consultant