Comprehensive Evaluation

Comprehensive evaluation assists clients in discovering their potential and helps them begin developing their vocational strengths and abilities.

A caring staff of specialists uses accessible facilities, equipment and techniques to evaluate each client and determine his or her vocational needs.

Services provided

Because each person's needs and goals are different, a variety of services are used during a comprehensive evaluation.

Vocational assessment and career exploration

Clients are first assessed to determine their interests and vocational needs. Each participant's physical abilities, work history, education, aptitudes and vocational interests are considered as vocational options are explored.

An assessment and career exploration (ACE) specialist conducts individual as well as group assessments. All participants are offered group sessions to help them prepare for employment.

Vocational testing

Using the results of WorkKeys® Career Readiness Certification tests completed by clients in cooperation with Adult Education, our ACEs match clients to potential training, educational, or career opportunities.

Job preparedness instruction

Classes and individual sessions focus on communication skills, coping with stress and preparing for job interviews.

Occupational therapy

Clients are evaluated for upper extremity strength, cognitive skills, visual skills, dexterity, activities of daily living and basic work skills needed for employment.

Therapists look at all components of a task or activity and determine how to adapt them to the client's ability.

This evaluation has been such a wonderful blessing to me. I can look towards the future with great hopes.
— Gayla D. Bouknight, former comprehensive evaluation client

Residential component

A 29-bed facility has accessible rooms, a dining room and scheduled recreational activities to create a comfortable atmosphere for assessment. 

Medical services

Fully trained, licensed nurses staff the dormitory 24 hours a day. This staff is available to provide education and basic medical care for residents. The nursing staff also provides diabetic education.

Nutritional counseling

Good nutrition is important to overall good health. The Evaluation Center medical director instructs clients in making good food choices and lifestyle changes. Weight management instruction is also available.


Special Sessions

Pain management

When chronic pain from a low back injury interferes with work or the ability to carry out daily activities, VR can help.

The four-week pain management comprehensive evaluation examines the relationship between tension and pain. Participants practice pain management through the use of assertiveness and relaxation skills that reduce stress while learning special exercises and lifting techniques to strengthen muscles and decrease the possibility of additional injury.

Brain injury

VR Brain Injury sessions helps individuals identify barriers to employment and develop behavioral and compensatory strategies to improve their work-related performance.

The four-week brain injury comprehensive evaluation was developed in cooperation with the Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Division of the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital in Greenville and the S.C. Brain Injury Alliance, which continue to contribute to the program.

Therapy sessions

Individual and group therapy sessions help the client develop awareness of the their limitations and provides an opportunity to apply and practice compensatory strategies.

Depending on the need, session topics may include discussion and practice on adjustment to disability, problem solving, anger and stress management, social support, goal setting, memory management strategies and substance abuse counseling.


Other Services

Muscular Development

Muscular development helps clients achieve their physical and vocational potential through individual programs of fitness training and physical and aquatic therapy.

A physical fitness training program is tailored for each client. During the course of their program.

Rehabilitation technology

The primary function of Rehabilitation technology  is to help people with disabilities overcome barriers. These barriers may exist at home, at school or in the workplace.

Sometimes the solution is simple, like changing the height of a desk; sometimes it is more complicated, like modifying a vehicle to be operated by a person who has had an amputation.

Summer youth services

If you’re a high school student with a disability, you’re probably thinking about your future.

A two-week summer program for youth with disabilities is offered  to help give you that extra boost you need to succeed in the job market after you graduate.

Thank you for believing in me. I learned a lot about how to work better.
— Rosa Daniels, former Evaluation Center client

Muscular development

Muscular development helps clients achieve their physical and vocational potential through individual programs of fitness training and physical and aquatic therapy.

A physical fitness training program is tailored for each client. During the course of their program, clients may take advantage of any or all of the following:

Services provided

Muscular
development room

This area maximizes physical abilities through exercise. Using specially designed resistive exercise equipment, such as weights and exercise cycles, clients build strength and stamina.

Physical therapy
room

A registered physical therapist develops, implements and supervises a therapy program for each individual. The program includes a therapeutic exercise plan designed to decrease pain and increase function.

Aquatic therapy
pool*

The buoyancy of water benefits clients who have difficulty exercising in traditional ways. Aquatic therapy increases strength, endurance, balance and coordination.

* available only at the West Columbia evaluation center.

When you come to muscular development thinking you can’t, the staff will let you know that you can.
— Spencer Harris, former muscular development client

Clients participating in the muscular development  find a relaxed atmosphere where they can work at their own pace to build strength, mobility and confidence. The staff is available to offer guidance and encouragement. Clients receive individual assistance as necessary.

Keeping the body fit helps clients achieve the stamina required to compete for employment
and maintain their endurance after they are hired.

As with any physical fitness program, motivation and dedication are essential. Clients are encouraged to set goals and pace themselves in a sustainable, yet challenging, program of
physical fitness. The goal is to make physical fitness and good health a daily routine, so
clients improve strength and endurance and achieve as much independence as possible.

Vocational rehabilitation counselors may refer clients from the community to participate in muscular development, physical therapy and aquatic therapy*. Occupational therapy also is available upon request.

Rehabilitation technology

The primary function of rehabilitation technology is to help people with disabilities overcome barriers. These barriers may exist at home, at school or in the workplace.

Sometimes the solution is simple, like changing the height of a desk; sometimes it is more
complicated, like modifying a vehicle to be operated by a person who has had an amputation.

Services provided

The staff includes rehabilitation engineers and a rehabilitation technology specialist. These professionals provide consultation, assessment, design and fabrication for VR clients who are referred by their local counselors.

Once a case is opened, a technologist meets with the client to do a full assessment of their individual needs.

Recommendations are then given as to appropriate technology that can be used to overcome barriers and help the client compete successfully in the employment market.

The program provides services that include job accommodation; computer access; mobility, seating and positioning; telecommunications; sensory aids and devices; vehicle/ driving modification; home modification; and aids for daily living.

Job accomodation

Job accommodation helps clients overcome physical barriers on the job. A job-site evaluation
addresses any problems that relate directly to the client’s ability to perform specific tasks or worksite accessibility.

Computer access

Information technology offers our clients an opportunity to join the competitive job market.
Adaptive devices and alternative methods of input can open the door to those opportunities.

Since I started using the desk and arm rest, my endurance has increased. My typing speed and accuracy have improved due to the reduced pain and numbness.
— Graciela Rivera, former rehabilitation technology client

Mobility, seating and positioning

A seating adjustment or the addition of a mobility device can improve both comfort and productivity on the job. This includes our clients who use wheelchairs and scooters.

Vehicle/ driving modification

Many of our clients who are work-ready lack appropriate transportation. A rehabilitation
technology professional might recommend vehicle modifications that would provide a level of independence not previously possible.

Sensory aids and devices

Clients with significant sensory impairments, such as hearing deficiencies, can be evaluated and provided with recommendations that will increase their potential for employment.

Home modification

In addition, home modification and aids for daily living that help the client become more independent and better prepared to go to work can also be evaluated. This might reveal physical barriers that present a hindrance to employment, such as a lack of grab-bars in restrooms, narrow doorways or access to entrance and exit doors.

Aids for daily living

Assistive devices and aids used to manage a client’s health-related issues also may be evaluated.