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.
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.
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.
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.
A 29-bed facility has accessible rooms, a dining room and scheduled recreational activities to create a comfortable atmosphere for assessment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
This area maximizes physical abilities through exercise. Using specially designed resistive exercise equipment, such as weights and exercise cycles, clients build strength and stamina.
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.
The buoyancy of water benefits clients who have difficulty exercising in traditional ways. Aquatic therapy increases strength, endurance, balance and coordination.
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.