The Rehabilitation Services help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical and psychological services, job training and other individualized services. Rehabilitation Services operates five integrated and interdependent programs that share a primary goal -- to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment.
Ingredients of Rehabilitation Services
The largest of the programs are Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, Disability Adjudication Services, and the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation. Two other unique programs serve consumers with visual impairments the Business Enterprise Program and Georgia Industries for the Blind.
These programs develop and implement comprehensive and coordinated programs of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment and independent living for individuals with disabilities, through services, training and economic opportunities, in order to maximize their employability, independence and integration into the workplace and the community.
Rehabilitation Services is responsible for the formulation, development and implementation of regulations, policies, and guidelines. Rehabilitation Services serves as a resource and clearinghouse of information for service providers at national, state and local levels in the development of national programs to reduce or eliminate social and environmental barriers experienced by persons with disabilities.
Vocational rehabilitation services
Vocational rehabilitation services are delivered on the basis of an Individualized Plan for Employment that must be developed by both the professional Rehabilitation Counselor and the client. This plan combines the Counselor’s professional expertise with the needs and choices of the client. It is developed after a thorough assessment and evaluation of the individual’s rehabilitation potential. It is within the scope of federal regulations for LRS to provide the following services:
- Vocational guidance and career counseling
- Evaluation of rehabilitation potential
- Restoration (physical/mental)
- Vocational and other training services
- Rehabilitation technology, including assistive technology services, assistive technology devices, and rehabilitation engineering
- Occupational tools and equipment
- Transportation to access other vocational rehabilitation services
- Job Placement into suitable employment
- Maintenance to cover additional costs incurred during the period of vocational rehabilitation
- Personal Assistance services, such as personal care attendant, scribe, reader, and interpreter
- Transition from School to Work