Where to Go if Your Child Needs a Job or Help with Post High School Education
Here are a few other web sites to help you to investigate the services that the vocational rehabilitation department in your state can provide:
It is wise to view the web site before making contact with your state’s vocational rehabilitation department. Read about what services they can provide and what documentation you must provide to receive these services. It is best to contact your local branch and ask for the counselor of the day to ask questions and set up an appointment. If your child is an adult and you do not have conservatorship, your child must sign a permission slip for the counselor and other rehabilitation representatives to discuss things with you, the parent.
Discuss various options with the counselor
After you have set up an appointment you and/or your child will go into the local office to meet with a rehabilitation counselor. The counselor will ask to see verification of a disability or injury and will ask you to fill out forms (sometimes forms are sent to you ahead of time, via mail or email). The counselor will discuss the goals of the clients (“the consumer”) to find out what career path the person would like to take. Some state’s offices might ask for financial information and they might determine that the family might have to pay for some part of the services. Usually, services are 100% free and do not need to be paid back. Be sure to ask if your state takes income of the parents or family into account.
If schooling is something the person is interested in pursuing, the counselor will discuss the various options and how much money they can provide.
After the intake, the counselor will inform you how long it will take until you find out if you are approved for services. Once you get approved, an appointment will be set up with the same counselor, or perhaps another one in the same office. You will meet with them and go over your plan, your goals and how they can help you.
The counselor will go over more laws, rules and procedures, as well as how they can best serve their consumer to reach their employment goals.
You might be surprised at the wealth of information that a vocational counselor can provide and the steps that they will take to help you obtain your goals. Reach out, plan for your future: it’s waiting for you!
Barrie Silberberg is the author of The Autism & ADHD Diet : A Step-by-Step Guide To Hope and Healing by Living Gluten Free and Casein Free (GFCF) And Others Interventions. Her web site is: www.puttingyourkidsfirst.com