Rehabilitation Services (RS) of the Georgia Department of Labor provides opportunities for work and personal independence for Georgians with disabilities. The largest program within RS is the state and federally funded Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program. Its mission is to help people with disabilities to go to work.
You can apply for vocational rehabilitation services if you have a physical, mental or emotional disability that interferes with your ability to WORK and you need vocational rehabilitation services to WORK.
To qualify for vocational rehabilitation services, your disability must be permanent and affect your ability to WORK in at least two ways.
VR uses a team concept in helping you prepare for work. Team members may include a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor, an account representative, a work preparation technician, an assistive technology team, a team secretary, and an employment manager.
You and your counselor will make choices about available services you will need to reach your employment goals. Your counselor may schedule you for tests to find out what services you need.
You and your counselor will write a WORK PLAN that lists your responsibilities and the services you may receive.
Services will be based on your individual needs for the purpose of WORKING.
Many of the services are actually provided by Community Rehabilitation Programs (often called "Facilities") under contract with Rehabilitation Services. Go there for a list of the names, addresses and phone numbers of the programs.
Under the terms of the Rehabilitation Act, Rehabilitation Services jointly develops, in conjunction with the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), a State plan for independent living services and centers for independent living.
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