vocational rehabilitation counselor is a resource that you
can continue to use after graduation. And, if you are 18 years
old and independent, you may be eligible for services for
which you were ineligible when you were dependent on your
parents. The vocational rehabilitation counselor on your team
will be very helpful in setting you up with your local vocational
Using Vocational Rehabilitation After High School
office of vocational rehabilitation services offers a variety
of services to disabled persons. The state of Virginia provides
the following services:
Diagnostics, evaluation, assessment
Disability awareness counseling
Vocational and career path counseling
Job seeking and job retention counseling
Access to employment resource centers
Follow-along services after placement
services listed below may require financial participation
based on your income level or your parents’ income level
if you are still a dependent.
Training (including post-secondary education, apprenticeship
programs and, life skills programs)
Related services (including transportation, rehabilitation
technology/accommodations, personal assistance services,
long term rehabilitative case management, centers for independent
living and supportive services)
DRS Programs and Services are also available that may be of
help in reaching your goals of post-secondary training or
education. In addition, a program called Post-Secondary Education
Rehabilitation Transition (PERT) is available in some regions.
This program provides high school students with a comprehensive
evaluation of vocational skills, independent living skills,
and leisure and social skills. These evaluations may lead
to additional vocational programs and services that may help
you make a smooth transition from secondary to post-secondary
education, training and employment.
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(second edition) Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America.
Visit the Virginia Department
of Rehabilitative Services for more information!