South Carolina
Vocational Rehabilitation Department

Preparing and assisting eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment

Getting Started

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department serves people who want to work but are hindered from doing so by a physical or mental disability. Information is available at any SCVRD office.

When a person with a disability applies for VR services, a team of vocational rehabilitation specialists helps determine eligibility. If VR services could improve that person's prospects of competitive employment, eligibility can be established. Existing records are used in determining eligibility.

A VR team helps each new client understand the options available in setting and reaching a vocational goal. SCVRD’s informed choice policy makes each client a full partner in the vocational rehabilitation process with access to all the information needed to make necessary decisions.

Eligibility

South Carolinians who have a documented physical or mental impairment that substantially interferes with their ability to work can be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. Applicants also must require and be able to benefit from VR services that would lead to competitive employment.

A team of vocational rehabilitation specialists helps determine eligibility and explains the options available for setting and reaching vocational goals. Existing records are used in determining eligibility.

Rehabilitation Planning

An eligible VR client works as a partner with their Career Planning and Employment team, their counselor and other staff to decide on a vocational goal. Clients then develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) with the help of their counselor, by themselves or with someone else's assistance. The IPE details the services necessary to reach the vocational goal and becomes the roadmap for achievement.

Informed Choice

Clients are at the center of the decisions leading toward their vocational goals. SCVRD staff members work closely with each client to provide all the information necessary for the client to make informed choices.