Part 19: Division of Rehabilitation Services

 

                              Submitted by Nancy Haught, Office Supervisor

                         For Keyser, Romney and Moorefield Branch Offices

                                    WV Division of Rehabilitation Services

           

      I cannot begin the introduction without identifying the mission.  The mission of the

 

West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services is to enable and empower individuals

 

with disabilities to work and to live independently.

 

       An individual with a disability must make application with the West Virginia

 

Division of Rehabilitation Services to determine if they may be eligible.  In order to be

 

eligible to receive services, three things are needed:

 

1)      A physical and/or mental ability that affects your ability to work

2)      You will be able to get and keep a job after receiving services and

3)      That services are needed in order to help you get and keep a job

 

It is important to meet with your local Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

 

in your area or while you are in school.  Beginning the rehabilitation process may take

 

some length of time, so it is important to start meeting with your counselor as early as

 

the 10th grade.  In some instances, even earlier such as the eighth grade in order to get a

 

total picture of the client.  It is during a diagnostic or testing phase that a lot of

 

information is gathered.  This may include copies of grade reports, medicals,

 

psychological, vocational information and any other documentation and as a technology

 

evaluation to better serve the client and their needs.

 

         Next the client and the counselor work together to develop a plan for a future goal. 

 

This is called an Individualized Plan for Employment.  During the high school years,

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the plan compliments the school’s educational program.  It is important to invite the

 

Rehabilitation Counselors to the school’s IEP meetings and to meet with the client while

 

in school; on a regular basis.

 

       During the school year, the client and counselor plan and prepare for arrangements to

 

complete the FAFSA, the ACT or SAT for financial assistance and consideration for

 

being accepted into a selected college.

          

       Once accepted into a technical program, associate or a regular four year college

 

program, on-going contact and vocational counseling and guidance need to continue

 

until the client has completed their technical or educational program.  There are certain

 

guidelines and regulations pertaining to training and these issues need to be discussed by

 

the counselor with the client.

 

       Upon completion of the training, the client may have assistance in job searches and

 

finding the right job.  This can be through participating in a Job Club, assistance with job

 

applications and writing resumes and referral to the Agency’s Employer Specialist.  

 

After the client has been successfully working for a specific amount of days and no

 

longer needs any further services, the goal has been met for both the counselor and client. 

 

Sometimes, accommodations or other services may be necessary to ensure the continued

 

success of the client.

 

          If there are any questions about Rehabilitation Services, you may call the

 

Moorefield Office at 538-2701, the Keyser Office at 788-2313 and the Romney Office at

 

822-3957.

 

 

WV Division of Rehabilitation Services  http://www.wvdrs.org/ABOUT_US.html

Office for Civil Rights http://www.ed.gov/print/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html

 

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