Introducing Vocational Rehabilitation Services MO: Simply Said


It won’t be long now until you graduate from high school. This can be a very exciting time in your
life. It can also be scary trying to figure out what comes next. Will you get a job right away? Will you go
to college or technical school? Maybe you will learn a trade? The good news is there’s plenty of help available from something called Vocational Rehabilitation Services, which is often called “Voc Rehab
or even “VR.” Welcome to “Simply Said: Introducing Vocational
Rehabilitation Services.” With good planning, the right kind of assistance,
and help from Vocational Rehabilitation Services, you can be successful in school, at work,
and in the community. A disability can sometimes make it hard to
prepare for work and find a job that you want to keep doing. But the Voc Rehab counselor
at your school can help you develop a plan that is right for you. This is Victoria. She has mental health challenges
and a learning disability. She’ll be graduating high school next spring and thinks she might want to work in healthcare. Victoria met with Hector, the Voc Rehab Counselor that comes to her school. Once she qualified for services, Victoria met with Hector to learn more about what she’s good at and what careers in the medical field she’s interested in. They looked at many different jobs and talked about the kind of training Victoria would need. She decided to pursue a career as a nursing
assistant, and Hector is helping her enroll in a good training program. At some point
she might even go on to study nursing. Meet Andrew, who has autism. He likes to work with his hands and isn’t afraid to get a little dirty. By spending time with his Voc Rehab
Counselor, Andrew discovered he could be good at welding, and he knows the job pays pretty well. Now VR is helping him get the training he
needs at a local technical college. They’re even paying for some of the costs. Once Andrew has completed his training, they will help him find a great job with benefits. This is Alonso. He wants to work at a bank or a law firm. Alonso uses a wheelchair and he needs assistive technology to use a computer. Alonso applied for Voc Rehab services at
his local office, and soon met with his VR counselor Jennifer. She helped him figure
out his strengths, and what accommodations he might need in the workplace. Together they
developed an employment plan. Jennifer helped Alonso find the right assistive
technology and the training to learn how to use it. Then she helped him put a good
resume together and learn how to search for jobs. Alonso has now completed his training and
has the tools he needs to succeed when he starts working at the law firm next month. Many Vocational Rehabilitation Services can help you, too. They work with teens and young adults with all disabilities. They’ll tell you if you qualify for services,
listen to you talk about your strengths and interests, help you establish a career goal,
and help you get the training you need. Together, you’ll develop an employment plan.
Your counselor will even be there for you after high school to help you find the right
job and keep it. Working with Voc Rehab is voluntary and many
of their services are free. Are you ready to take the next step to prepare
for success after high school? VR can help. They’ll be happy to meet with you at your
school, at their local office, at a nearby Workforce Center, or in the community. For more information, visit the VR website
at vr.dese.mo.gov where you’ll find the name of the VR counselor assigned to your school. You can also call toll-free at 1-877-222-8963, or stop by your local Workforce Center or Voc Rehab office to learn more. It won’t be long now until you are out of
high school and on to post-secondary education or work. The time to plan for success is now! Vocational Rehabilitation Services is here
to help. And all you have to do is ask. This has been “Introducing Vocational Rehabilitation
Services,” Brought to you by PACER Center, (music playing in the background) and Missouri Vocational
Rehabilitation.

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