with disabilities build self-esteem; develop teamwork, communication, and leadership skills; and prepare for employment success and life as adults. This includes individuals who may be:
- Out of school
- Low income
- English language learners
- Juvenile offenders
- Current or former foster care recipients
- Pregnant or parenting
VR also provides pre-employment training for students with disabilities, including:
- Job exploration counseling
- Work-based learning experiences
- Counseling on post-secondary education
- Workplace readiness training
- Instruction in self-advocacy
These services may be provided in an individual or group setting, and do not require the student to be a VR client.
Contact your VR counselor, teacher, guidance counselor or school nurse to get started.
Work-based learning experiences, paid for by VR, give businesses the opportunity to evaluate potential candidates, reduce training costs, and shape their future workforce. Students build confidence and learn essential skills in a job setting, and all involved determine if the job is an appropriate vocational choice.
A job coach may assist the individual to learn and better perform their work duties.
Rehabilitation technology is available to assist individuals in maximizing job performance. Rehabilitaiton engineers can provide assessments and offer low cost solutions to help people with employment activities and independent living.
are provided throughout the year at VR offices around the state and may include:
- Assessment for eligibility, career exploration and planning for employment;
- Disability management through therapies, treatments, procedures or assistive devices;
- Training to enhance skills through instruction and work experiences in our offices, on worksites, or through educational partnerships;
- Job search to help you find competitive employment and support you once you are on the job.
Summer activities and field trips provide additional opportunities to explore career and post-secondary interests and skill development.
Programs & Partnerships
is a business led, one year school-to-work transition program that takes place entirely at the workplace.
High School High Tech
helps students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
promotes career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and mentoring relationships at local businesses.