How can vocational rehabilitation help me?

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs can help identify a suitable career path, and provide funding and services to reach a career goal. VR services are determined based on the person’s needs and goals, but can include the following:

  • Assessments to evaluate career interests and readiness for eligibility and services.
  • Assistive Technologies to support communication (e.g., hearing aids, flashing/vibrating alarm clocks, captioned telephones, personal amplifiers, screen braille communicators and more).
  • Accommodations to participate in training or work (e.g., interpreting and speech-to-text services).
  • Training for future vocational or educational goals (e.g. resources for on-the-job training, funds for tuition, books, supplies and tutoring).
  • Transportation to training or work (e.g. monthly public transportation or mileage).
  • Equipment and clothing to participate in training or employment.
  • Other Services to support an individual to obtain, maintain and retain employment.

Many VR offices remain open and continue to work with people remotely. Not yet a client with VR? Contact your local VR office to apply. NDC has created the following outline and checklist, Plan Your Future: A Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation for Deaf Youth that you may use to prepare for your VR appointment to help you secure services.

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Updated on July 29, 2022

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