Where to Go if Your Child Needs a Job or Help with Post High School Education
I am breaking my mold today and not writing about food. One of the other jobs I do is to assist those with disabilities in seeking employment and helping them on their path to obtain a job or career.
Sadly, it is a hidden secret that the government has agencies to help with employment for anyone with a disability, or an injury that requires some assistance with schooling, obtaining employment or finding a new type of employment. There is so much help available; you just need to know where to turn. So many people are left in the dark about vocational rehabilitation services that can provide invaluable assistance.
The first step is to contact your local office of a vocational rehabilitation program. These agencies have been around for many years and are available in all states to assist people, usually from seniors in high school to adulthood, who have physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and/ or learning disabilities. If you have an IEP or 504, testing results, or a physician’s documentation, then you are on your way to getting the help you need to find a job or getting assistance with your education.
Check with your local agency to best understand services
Each state has its own laws and regulations, so it’s best to contact your local office to find out what is involved. Services are completely free! Some of the services that might be available are vocational testing, help with the funding of school (tuition, books, transpiration, supplies, tools, testing, fees, etc), counseling, guidance, job placement, job coaching, etc…Please check with your local agency for a complete understanding of the many other services available to individuals with disabilities so they can become (and remain) gainfully employed.
These are your tax dollars at work. Funds from your state and from the National government are available to help you and your family. If you want to locate your local department of vocation rehabilitation, call 2-1-1 and ask for the local office phone number. 2-1-1 is a service that offers information about social services in your community. The call is free and they are open 24/7 to assist with all of your social service related inquiries.
You can also look at these two sites. They list all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US territories’ vocational rehabilitation main headquarters, web sites and main phone numbers
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