Youth services

VR’s youth services work to reduce the dropout rate of youth with disabilities and improve their participation in employment-related activities. These programs focus on building self-esteem, developing personal leadership skills, and preparing young adults with disabilities for life beyond high school.

You may want to participate in a specialized program designed to help you try out career choices and build leadership skills (see information below).

A VR counselor is available to assist you at your school. Talk with a teacher, your guidance counselor or school nurse about getting connected. Or you can contact the nearest VR office.

School-to-work transition

If you’re a high school student with a disability, you’re probably thinking about your future. We can give you that extra boost you need to succeed after you graduate.

Summer programs

Your VR counselor will arrange for you to use the nearest Vocational Rehabilitation Training Center during the summer before your senior year to strengthen your ability to meet work requirements.

High school / high tech

Through high school/high tech students are encouraged to set their sights on a college and career in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math. Students with disabilities enrolled in High School/High Tech sites take field trips to science and technology-related businesses and attractions. They’re offered on-the-job experiences through job shadowing activities and internships.

Disability mentoring day

DMD is commemorated each October and pairs students with disabilities with employers for a one-on-one job shadowing experience. DMD is designed to expose young adults to a variety of career options and provide them with a better understanding of the work place environment. Participants are given a chance to learn about the day-to-day responsibilities required of a desired occupation and the skills and education requirements specific to a job in that career field. At the same time, employers benefit from DMD by understanding what people with disabilities have to offer to the workplace. The event is sponsored nationally by the American Association of People with Disabilities and implemented in SC by SCVRD and its statewide partners.