STEP ONE: APPLY FOR SERVICES
To begin the process, you must first apply for services Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). Any person living in Florida who has a physical or mental impairment, interested in obtaining employment, and is of working age, or approaching working age may apply for rehabilitation services by contacting a VR office for an appointment. A directory of their offices can be found here: http://rehabworks.org/office_directory.shtml
STEP TWO: EVALUATION
Your counselor is interested in helping you get work, or determining what might be blocking your ability to get work. Any medical, educational, or other reports you have will be helpful in this process. If current information is not available, your counselor will help you choose providers for any necessary evaluations, at no cost to you.
Evaluations indicate whether there are treatments or other forms of assistance available that would support your efforts to obtain employment. After evaluations are completed, if you are determined eligible for VR services, you will be placed in the appropriate Order of Selection category and may be placed on the state waiting list (if there is one).
STEP THREE: REHABILITATION PLANNING
In this step, your counselor will work with you to develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Your IPE includes your chosen employment goal, the VR services you will receive, and the amount of financial participation, if any. A signed copy of the IPE will be given to you for your records. If you choose to develop your own IPE, your counselor will provide you with the required parts of the IPE and the options available for developing your plan. Your counselor can assist you in developing all or part of your IPE. You and your counselor must agree and sign your plan. Developing an IPE can take up to 120 days.
STEP FOUR: RECEIPT OF SERVICES
VR can help you overcome or manage your disability while improving your ability to get and keep a job. Various types of services may be provided, depending on your needs.
STEP FIVE: JOB PLACEMENT
When you are ready to go to work, your counselor or your employment service provider will:
1. Assist you with finding job openings in your community.
2. Provide ideas and advice on filling out applications and interviewing for particular jobs.
3. Work with your employer to modify the job site and provide assistive devices to meet your needs, if necessary.
4. After you begin work, your counselor will want to make sure that you and your employer are satisfied, and determine if other services are needed to help keep you working.
STEP SIX: CLOSURE
After you have worked successfully at your job for at least 90 days, you and your counselor will discuss ending the counselor’s active participation in your rehabilitation. During this discussion, you and your counselor must determine that you no longer require VR services to maintain employment. If, at a later date, you need additional assistance to maintain your job, VR may provide post-employment services without the need to reapply.