What’s in your employment future after high school? What work choices will you make? These are big questions. For many, the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is a good place to start. DRS is the state’s primary vocational rehabilitation resource for people with disabilities and/or chronic medical conditions who want to work. (Read more about West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services)
Who is eligible?
If you have significant limitations with physical activities, learning, communicating, seeing, hearing, or coping with stress, you may be eligible for assistance. Resources are available to eligible students, ages 14 to 21, to help them get jobs, enroll in training programs and go to college when they leave high school.
What services are offered?
- Transition from school to work, which helps students find their own best path from the familiar school environment to the world of gainful employment (Read more about Transition from school to work)
- Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs), which provide assessments, training, supported employment, job placements and coaching (Read more about Community Rehabilitation Programs)
- Rehabilitation Technology, including job accommodations, home accessibility and driver rehabilitation services (Read more about Rehabilitation Technology)
- Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, including assessments, devices, interpreters and vocational services (Read more about Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
- Visually Impaired and Blind Services, including help with mobility, assistive technology, braille and daily living skills (Read more about Visually Impaired and Blind Services)
- Randolph-Sheppard Program, which helps people who are blind become self-employed in cafeterias, snack bars, and with vending machines (Read more about the Randolph-Sheppard Program)