VR services are available to all eligible South Carolinians with disabilities 

To be eligible for VR services, you must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially impedes employment, and you must require and be able to benefit from VR services that would lead to gainful employment.

Benefits Specialists are on hand to counsel recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) on work incentives and other benefits of working while educating them on the effects of earnings as they plan for employment.

Your vocational goal

Once eligibility is established, and depending on your need, services are available to assist you in preparing for, obtaining, retaining, or regaining employment. You participate fully in your case, with your counselor serving as a guide to help you navigate all of the services we offer.

Assessment is the first step. Your strengths, abilities, interests, types of jobs you are best suited for, and the services required to help you achieve employment success are evaluated.

This may involve job shadowing, working under a mentor or a job tryout. This process leads to identifying a specific vocational goal and the services needed to reach it.

Although most assessments are done in your local office, you may be referred for comprehensive evaluation services for a more in-depth assessment if needed.

Everything I learned at VR had a single common thread and that was to put you back to work
— Patrick McGregor, former VR client

Your Individualized Plan for Employment

Your plan will list the services you need to help you prepare for your chosen vocation. The specific services provided are based on your individual financial and employment needs.

These services may include:

Disability management through speech, hearing, physical, occupational, muscular or aquatic therapy; diagnosis and treatment for mental or emotional disorders like substance abuse at one of our residential substance abuse treatment centers; medical procedures, treatment, medications, prosthetics, orthotics, podiatry or dentistry; or rehabilitation technology, such as worksite assessment, assistive devices, technological adaptations, and aids for daily living.

Training to enhance and increase your professional skills through job preparedness instruction; demand driven training to develop job specific skills; business or information technology training; job readiness training; or post secondary training, including vocational or technical schools, colleges and universities.

Job search helps you identify and secure competitive employment. Follow-up, post-employment services and job retention services help you if your job is jeopardized because of disability-related factors.

In some cases, you may receive on-site job coaching to help you get started on the job.

Youth Services

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 in the job market after you graduate with School-to-work transition services.

High school/high tech, another popular youth program, encourages youth to set their sights on college and a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math.

During Disability Mentoring Day students with disabilities are paired with employers for one-on-one job shadowing experiences, helping them explore a variety of career options. The event is sponsored nationally by the American Association of People with Disabilities.

No one has ever done anything like this for us before
— Leesa Iseman, Special Education Teacher, Newberry Elementary.