VR100 — Success Stories
Vocational Rehabilitation 100th Anniversary — Success Stories
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VR at Work Today

As part of the VR100 celebration, OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), in partnership with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), will highlight vocational rehabilitation (VR) success stories.

The series will celebrate secondary transition and career successes of individuals with disabilities who received VR services, and highlight partnerships state VR agencies have established with schools, businesses, and organizations across the country.

Success stories are highlighted below and can be read in full on OSERS Blog.

The Stories
logo: Oregon Commission for the Blind Oregon Commission for the Blind Client Retires After 43-Year Career
Longtime Oregon Commission for the Blind client Carl Belmap retired in August after 43 years with Austin Dental Equipment Company in Newberg. [10/30/2020]
Michelle Novak Teamwork to Make the Dream Work
The support and encouragement on the road to a successful employment placement can make a positive impact for everyone involved. In this case, an Employment Specialist shares her perspective on the VR client and her determination to succeed after five years on the employment search. [10/29/2020]
Ability for Hire Stories: Caitlin Ability for Hire in South Dakota
Ability for Hire is highlighting stories from South Dakotans who have benefited from the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program and who are experiencing the many benefits — both emotional and financial — of being employed. [10/23/2020]
"My Vision Is..." PSA graphic What’s Your Vision?
As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind launched a new campaign emphasizing the importance of ensuring all Massachusetts residents, including those who are blind or visually impaired, have the opportunity to put their skills and talents to work, for the benefit of themselves and the Commonwealth’s employers and economy. [10/20/2020]
Kevin Urban Learning to Earn
Kevin Urban has strong math and foreign language skills, earned several college credits while still in high school, and loves creating visual art. Through his participation in Nebraska VR Pre-Employment Transition Services, he also learned a lot more about himself. [10/16/2020]
logos" Able South Carolina, South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, South Carolina Department of Education Pathways to Partnerships — South Carolina
Three South Carolina agencies have developed a partnership to achieve better results and outcomes for individuals with disabilities. [10/02/2020]
CCi logo (lightbulb) California Career Innovations Success Story
The California Department of Rehabilitation partnered with San Diego State University Interwork Institute for a work-based learning initiative, the California Career Innovations (CCi). The CCi initiative evaluates the effects and benefits of work-based learning experiences to prepare students with disabilities to enter post-secondary education and obtain competitive integrated employment. [10/02/2020]
AmyRose Bonano -- link to her success story on OSERS Blog Oregon Commission for the Blind Student AmyRose Bonano Honored with Dean’s Award
AmyRose is finishing up community college and hopes to transfer to a 4-year college in the fall. In May, the dean of Clackamas Community College honored Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB) student AmyRose Bonano with the Dean’s Award. [08/31/2020]
Danial Bair -- link to his success story on OSERS Blog Spotlight on Oregon Commission for the Blind’s Pre-ETS Program: Daniel Bair
Meet Daniel Bair, a recent HS graduate who learned job skills as part of Oregon Commission for the Blind’s summer work experience program at the James John Elementary — Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program and will attend the University of Oregon this Fall on scholarship. [08/26/2020]
Danial Robertson -- link to his success story on OSERS Blog Teamwork Makes the Dream Job Work
Meet Daniel Robertson, a management information systems student at the University of Idaho who recently obtained his second paid summer internship at HP. [08/11/2020]
IRS logo Federal Partnerships Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities
The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has partnered with state agencies to help develop employment opportunities at the state and local levels. [07/07/2020]
Chris Jones. Read more about "Impact Stories — Way2Work Maryland" on OSERS Blog Impact Stories — Way2Work Maryland
Way2Work Maryland is a project designed to improve the academic and career success of students with disabilities in Maryland through work-based learning experiences. [06/25/2020]
Montess Greene. Read more about "Impact Stories — Project SEARCH"on OSERS Blog Impact Stories — Project SEARCH
Project SEARCH is a one-year “school-to-work” transition program designed to prepare DCPS adult students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for competitive employment. [06/22/2020]
Kelsey Redding. Read more about Gaining Confidence and Discovering a Passion for Public Speaking on OSERS Blog Gaining Confidence and Discovering a Passion for Public Speaking

The summer work experiences paid for by Missouri VR allow young individuals like Kelsey the chance to understand what it’s like to be employed and how they might use employment to envision a brighter future. [06/16/2020]

Ashley. Read more about "Then and Now: VR Partnership with Business Expands" on OSERS Blog Then and Now: VR Partnership with Business Expands

The partnership with Kwik Trip is a positive example of how the VR program serves a dual customer—both individuals with disabilities and business. [06/10/2020]

OOD icon. Read about "Ensuring an Inclusive Rapid Response to COVID-19" on OSERS Blog Ensuring an Inclusive Rapid Response to COVID-19

As the nation continues to adapt to the “new normal” brought on by COVID-19, so too do state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. While the circumstances are unprecedented, VR’s nimbleness is not. Adapting during a pandemic is one more example of how the Michigan VR program has continually evolved to meet shifting needs over the course of its 100-year history. [04/22/2020]

OOD icon. Read more about "Adapting to Evolving Employment Needs in Ohio During the COVID-19 Pandemic" on OSERS Blog Adapting to Evolving Employment Needs in Ohio During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Throughout its 100-year existence, the nation’s VR program has continually adapted and evolved to meet changing public needs. This spirit is certainly evident today, as state VR agencies respond to the rapidly shifting employment landscape triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. [04/06/2020]

Dillon Maestrejuan A Picture of Success

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Dillon Maestrejuan is a prolific storyteller, and he is turning a passion for photography into a promising career path with assistance from Nevada Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). [03/09/2020]

Levi. Read more about Levi's success story on OSERS Blog Gaining Independence While Losing Your Eyesight as a Teen

“It isn’t too scary,” Levi Welsch said, when asked how he felt about the possibility of his vision loss deteriorating in the future. “I am learning skills,” he said, “and I know that Minnesota State Services for the Blind has my back.” [03/02/2020]


Last Modified: 01/11/2021