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MRC's Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program helps individuals with disabilities to get and keep a job. VR helps people with physical, psychiatric and/or learning disabilities face the modern workplace. This may include identifying job goals based on your interests and skills, help to explore college and vocational training and help to keep a job. Vocational rehabilitation services can often reduce or remove barriers to employment. Priority is given to individuals who have the most severe disabilities in areas such as communication, mobility, work tolerance and work skills. The VR Program is funded by the federal government while being administered through state government.
You may be eligible for VR services if you have a physical or mental impairment that is a large barrier to employment. You must want to work, be eligible to work and need VR services to train, find or keep a job.
Following is a list of many (but not all) of the VR services MRC provides. Many services are subject to financial eligibility. Since every person has different goals and needs, you may need only some of these services:
MRC VR staff will outline available services when you attend a group orientation or schedule an individual appointment. To ask about an orientation at the VR office nearest you, click on the offices link below. If you are interested in getting services, a VR counselor will arrange to meet with you. At the first meeting, you and your VR counselor will discuss your employment interests and job related goals.
Eligibility Information is gathered from:
Making Informed Choices
Your Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed by you and your counselor. After gathering information, you and your counselor decide on a realistic, time limited vocational plan and map it out on paper.
To be successful you will need to be an active participant in looking for a job. Following are examples of resources available during your job search:
MRC's VR Program will provide you with support, advocacy and follow-up services for at least 90 days after you get a job. You may be eligible to receive post-employment services 90 days after you get a job and your case is closed.