West Virginia Rehabilitation Technology: Provision of Architectural Modifications
West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
P.O. Box 50890
Charleston, West Virginia 25305
FAX: 304-766-4905 Web: http://www.wvdrs.org/
Rehabilitation Technology: Provision of Architectural Modifications
The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (WVDRS) has developed an internal service delivery model for the provision of architectural modifications to individuals with disabilities in West Virginia. Three rehabilitation technicians travel the state in response to referrals for services including wheelchair ramps, vertical platform lifts, bathroom modifications (accessible sink, commode, and shower/bath), stair glides, widening doors, and installing grab bars. The technicians develop the recommendations and specifications (including a materials list), and then await counselor review and approval. If approved, materials are ordered and the technicians travel back to the site and perform the construction work themselves.
This model of direct service from WVDRS results in multiple benefits for both WVDRS and individuals with disabilities including significant cost savings, timely service delivery, ability to accommodate adjustments during construction, skilled technicians to conduct final inspections, and increased expertise and accountability for individuals with disabilities.
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