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Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
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Published Dec-2-2010

Helping People with Disabilities to Gain or Retain Meaningful Careers

What is the Vocational Rehabilitation Program?

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) is part of a nationwide program that helps people with disabilities find or retain employment. If you have a disability and are seeking employment, DVRS can help you find a career that is consistent with your skills, interests, and abilities.

How can I qualify for services?

You qualify for services if:

  • You have a mental or physical disability,
  • Your disability prevents you from getting or keeping a job,
  • You need services that only OVRS can provide to help you get or keep a job.

What services can I receive from the program if I am eligible?

  • Services are specific to the needs and barriers of each individual and may include:
  • Counseling and guidance to help you select a job goal.
  • Evaluations to determine your job skills and interests.
  • Special equipment or technology which may help you hold a job. (e.g. tools, work clothes, etc.)
  • On-the-job training, job search assistance, or job interview skills to help you get that important job.
  • Other support tactics to help you get and keep a job.

Are there any special programs for young adults?

Any young person with a disability who is nearing graduation should talk to their counselor about the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, or, if you are already out of school, contact the nearest Vocational Rehabilitation office. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors assist students and adults to achieve meaningful careers by empowering them to evaluate their interests, abilities, and employment goals then help them map out a plan to get there. People receive services until reaching their employment goals.

For more information, contact:

Iowa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
510 East 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Voice/TTY line: 515-281-4211 FAX 515-281-7645

(Courtesy Iowa Division of Vocation of Rehabilitation, Department of Education, 2004.)
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