Individuals with disabilities maximize the benefits of vocational rehabilitation by working closely with counselors, setting long-term employment goals and using all of the available services. The counselor creates an Individualized Program for Employment to outline services for the individual.
Vocational rehabilitation is a federally funded program run at the state level. The program supports career efforts for individuals with disabilities. An applicant qualifies if a physical or mental impairment interferes with employment. The goal of the service is to find and retain employment. Participants must have motivation to maintain successful employment to benefit from vocational rehabilitation.
Services offered through vocational rehabilitation vary by state. Common services include evaluations, career counseling, training, job placement services, job coaching and assistive devices to support employment. Vocational rehabilitation participants can increase their chances of career success by requesting and fully utilizing appropriate services.
Working closely with the assigned counselor is also a key to success with vocational rehabilitation. Participants should keep in touch with counselors and respond when counselors reach out. It is also the participant's responsibility to notify the counselor of any problems that could interfere with the Individualized Plan for Employment. Services sometimes need to be added or changed when an individual's circumstances change.