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by Ursula Schuster Published 1 year ago Updated 6 months ago

What is vocational rehabilitation?

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service provides vocational educational counseling to servicemembers still on active duty, veterans and certain dependents. Eligible individuals are given assistance in such areas as: interest and aptitude testing; choosing an occupation; setting occupational goals; and locating training and educational programs.

Can I receive vocational rehabilitation benefits if I am referred?

Vocational Rehabilitation is a workers' compensation benefit that provides a disabled covered employee who cannot return to his former job as a result of work-related injury assistance in re-entering the workforce. A specialist in vocational rehabilitation provides services that may include testing, job placement, vocational counseling, on the ...

What is the Maryland division of rehabilitation services?

State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services Main_Content Under the provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system.

What medical information is required to request vocational rehabilitation?

The Vocational Rehabilitation program receives 78.7 percent of its funding through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For Federal fiscal year 2021, the total amount of grant funds awarded was $46,881,489.

What is the Maryland State Rehabilitation Council?

The Maryland State Rehabilitation Council (MSRC) and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) continually assess the rehabilitation and career needs of Maryland citizens with disabilities. As part of this assessment, DORS and the MSRC hold annual public meetings.

What is the purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act?

Under the provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act(WIOA), each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system.

What is the WIOA state plan?

The WIOA State Plan provides valuable information about the various investment, programs, and initiatives underway to serve jobseekers, students, and businesses across the country. The public and workforce system stakeholders may view, download, or search the WIOA State Planson the U.S. Department of Education website.

What are the requirements for a disability?

Most of the time, you would be considered to have a significant disability if you have a physical or mental disability that limits your ability to function in one or more of these areas: 1 The ability to walk. 2 The ability to use your arms and hands. 3 The ability to talk. 4 The ability to take care of your personal needs. 5 The ability to get along with others. 6 The ability to adapt to the work place.

What is a significant disability?

The ability to get along with others. The ability to adapt to the work place. If you are blind or deaf, have moderate or severe cognitive disabilities, or have epilepsy (and have not been seizure-free for two years), you automatically meet the definition of a significant disability.

What is DORS?

The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) offers programs and services that help people with disabilities go to work. It is composed of the public vocational rehabilitation (VR) program and the Disability Determination Services (DDS). It also provides services to Maryland businesses.

Contact Information

DORS’ Website | DORS’ Facebook#N#Phone: 410-554-9442 or 888-554-0334 toll free#N#Videophone: 443-798-2840 (DEAF/HARD of HEARING ONLY)

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program includes

Rehabilitation counselors in offices throughout Maryland provide or arrange for services that may include career counseling, assistive technology, vocational training and/or job placement assistance.

The Disability Determination Services (DDS)

DDS makes medical decisions about disability claims filed by Marylanders for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Services for Maryland Businesses

DORS helps Maryland businesses recruit and retain qualified employees with disabilities. DORS matches qualified applicants with job openings and is a resource for disability and employment topics.

What is vocational evaluation?

A vocational evaluation, which may include testing, to determine your abilities, aptitudes, and interests; Development of a resume based on your work history and transferrable skills; A vocational rehabilitation counselor's recommendation for a return-to-work plan designed to return you to successful employment; and.

How to get back to work with previous employer?

The first option in designing a vocational rehabilitation plan is always to get you back to work with your previous employer as quickly as possible. This lessens the need for training or other services and helps you continue your career with your previous employer. However, even though reemployment with the previous employer is our first option, we cannot force your previous employer to offer you a position. If you are unable to return to work with your previous employer, a return-to-work plan aimed at a placement with a new employer will be considered.

Is retraining an automatic process?

Retraining is not automatic. When developing a return-to-work plan in conjunction with your counselor, it will be determined whether training is necessary for you to obtain employment. Training may be considered if placement with your previous employer is not possible and there is an increased ability to earn significantly higher wages with training.

Is starting a business a high risk activity?

Starting a business is a high-risk activity and continued income cannot be assured; therefore, your rehabilitation counselor will consider placement opportunities in existing businesses in the community, with and without training.

Can you get partial wage loss?

Depending on the circumstances of your particular case and in particular whether you are currently receiving disability compensation, you may be entitled to a partial wage loss benefit. This determination, however, depends on the status and circumstances of your particular case. Contact your Longshore Claims Examiner for more information. Visit the Contact Us section of our website for the phone number of your district office.

Can you get vocational rehabilitation if you are disabled?

If you have a permanent disability that would prevent you from performing your regular job, you still may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services even if you received a settlement. However, you must be able to support yourself financially during the vocational rehabilitation process.

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