Helping South Carolinians with disabilities become employed 

If you have a disability, we can help you understand the options available in becoming or staying employed through individualized services provided at offices around the state.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Benefits Specialists are on hand to counsel you on work incentives and other benefits of working while educating you on the effects of earnings as you 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 rehabilitation, 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, and the types of jobs you are best suited for are evaluated. This may involve job shadowing, working with a mentor, or a work experience. This process identifies a specific vocational goal and the services needed to help you achieve 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.

To be eligible for VR services, you must have a physical or mental barrier to employment, need help to overcome it, and be able to benefit from VR services.

Your Individualized Plan

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 and may include:

Disability management through speech, hearing, physical, occupational, muscular or aquatic therapy; diagnosis and treatment for mental or emotional disorders like substance abuse; 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 professional skills, including classroom instruction and hands-on demand driven training; business or information technology training; community based training (job tryouts, internships, or on-the-job); or post secondary training through vocational or technical schools, colleges or universities.

Job search to help you identify and secure competitive integrated employment. In some cases, you may receive on-site job coaching to help get started on the job.

Follow-up, post-employment, and job retention services help once you have been hired, or if your job is jeopardized because of disability-related factors.

I’m proud to be a part of VR, knowing that I’m not not out there alone. That’s a scary thing for somebody with a disability: to not have a support system.
— Brian Denny, former VR consumer