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,
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
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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