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 Employment Services Information 

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offers a full array of employment services for people with disabilities. We have offices around the state with dedicated and qualified staff who can help you prepare for the world of work. At DVR, you will play an active role in determining and achieving your employment goal.

The Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a federal/state program designed to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain, maintain, or improve employment.  We are Wisconsin's primary provider of employment services to people with disabilities.

You may be able to receive vocational rehabilitation services from DVR if you have a physical or mental impairment that makes it difficult for you to get or keep a job. DVR is for people with disabilities who need services to prepare for work, or find and keep a job.

To learn how your disability interferes with employment, your counselor may request and review your medical and/or educational records. DVR may pay for the purchase of the records or any medical, psychological, or vocational evaluations needed.

To ensure a good job or career match, you and your counselor will work together to assess your interests and skills.

DVR would like to work with all individuals who have a disability. However, we do not have enough staff or funds to do so. Therefore, DVR uses a process (Order of Selection) that allows persons with more significant functional limitations to be served before those with less significant limitations. DVR evaluates each eligible applicant to determine the severity of his or her functional limitations. This Order of Selection may indefinitely delay services to some individuals. The Division will notify all eligible persons for whom services will be delayed.

DVR will look at how the following areas affect your ability to work:

  1. Getting from one place to another (Mobility)
  2. Talking and listening to others, reading and/or understanding printed materials (Communication)
  3. Taking care of yourself (Self Care)
  4. Making plans or carrying out your plans (Self Direction)
  5. Getting along with other people (Interpersonal Skills)
  6. Having the skills to work (Work History or Work Skills)
  7. Needing changes at work due to physical or mental restrictions to do a job (Work Tolerance)

DVR has many services. You and your counselor will decide the appropriate services for you. Some of them are:

  1. Guidance and Counseling
  2. Finding and Keeping a Job
  3. Assistive Technology
  4. Training

Guidance and Counseling:
A DVR Counselor's role is to provide information and share knowledge about the impact disabilities have on employment. You and your counselor will talk about your abilities, needs and interests. This is your first step in choosing a job or career. Together you will set up a plan to meet your work goals. This plan is called an Individualized Plan for Employment. You and your counselor will meet as often as necessary to progress with your plan.  If your plans change or should you run into problems, let your counselor know.

Finding and Keeping a Job:
Getting a job is the goal of your rehabilitation program. You and your counselor will form a partnership to help you meet your goal by providing you with information on how to get and keep a job.  Your counselor may also contact you after you have started work to help you and your employer make any necessary adjustments and to be certain everything is going well before your case is closed.  If you need more services to help you keep your job, you and your counselor will work together to arrange them.

Assistive Technology:
Sometimes there are technological aids and devices that can make it easier to do a job or to continue with the training you need. Other times, changes in how a job is done may be helpful. Talk with your counselor about what could work for you.

Training:
If you do not have the work skills you need, training may be needed. Your counselor will know about available programs. Training may be at a school or on the job. Your counselor will work with you to identify other services that are necessary in supporting your job/career goal.
To locate the DVR Counselor in your area: http://www.dwd.state.wi.us/dvr/locations/default.htm

Project Funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services through a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (CFDA #93.768)

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