Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Nov 18

Family-to-Family Class 10 is all about recovery. In preparation of the class, we needed to find out about any Supported Employment (SE) programs in Indiana. we asked our NAMI affiliate director, Pattie Wollenburg, and she said Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) has such a program.

The nearest office is in Lafayette, IN. This office also serves Montgomery County:

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
615 N. 18th Street, Suite 103
Lafayette, IN 47904-3413
Phone: 765-449-4278
Toll Free: 1-877-847-9892
Toll Free Fax: 1-855-450-3575
Counties: Benton, Clinton, Fountain,
Montgomery, Tippecanoe & Warren

Vocational/Rehabilitation Options

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) provides comprehensive, coordinated, effective, efficient and accountable services needed by eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, enter, engage in and retain employment consistent with each individual’s strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities and informed choice.
  • Supported Employment (SE) places individuals with the most severe disabilities in competitive jobs with qualified job coaches/trainers to provide individualized, ongoing support services needed for each individual to retain employment. The employer is contacted monthly and the employee is visited twice monthly, either at or away from the workplace, to address any issues that may threaten the individual’s ability to remain on the job.
  • Independent Living (IL) Services promotes a philosophy of independent living including consumer control, peer support, self help, self determination, equal access and individual and system advocacy, to maximize the integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities in community leadership, empowerment, independence and productivity.

If you took advantage of VRS for employment or other rehabilitation services, please post a comment to let us know how helpful it has been.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) is a program of the Division of Disability & Rehabilitative Services, a division of the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration.

 

2 comments

  1. I was working at W Interprises LLC Walden Transport and Recycling and was fiered because of my learning disability can you help me please I have a 5 mouth old son and a fiancé and we are moving in to an apartment with HUD

    • Hi, Matthew–
      The Americans with Disabilities Act provides some job protection but not very much. The rule is that the employer isn’t allowed to fire a person with a disability if that person can perform the job with “reasonable accommodations.” That word “reasonable” can be interpreted in any number of ways. Also, the employer needs to have had prior knowledge of the disability along with specific requests for reasonable accommodations. You can find more information and file a complaint online at http://www.ada.gov.

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