Vocational Rehabilitation 100th Anniversary — Success Stories
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.
|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.
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]
|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]