VR services are available to all eligible South Carolinians with disabilities 

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.

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.

VR set me up for success. They helped me get the training I needed and helped me get a job at Ruiz Foods. Ruiz Foods is a career.
— Freddie Evans, former VR consumer

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 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 your professional skills;  demand driven training to develop job specific skills; business or information technology training; hands on training; or postsecondary training, including vocational or technical schools, colleges and universities.

Job search to help you identify and secure competitive 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 if your job is jeopardized because of disability-related factors.

You may receive VR services if you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially impedes employment, and you are able to benefit from VR services that can lead to gainful employment.

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