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Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

grandma lise Community Member April 28, 2008
  • A few weeks ago, I applied for services through the Division of Vocational Services (DVR).

     

    I arrived a half hour early to fill out the required paperwork. Thankfully, I brought my resume. Even so the process took me 50 minutes, probably because I have worked in a total of five jobs over the last ten years. Other people didn't seem to need much time at all. 

     

    They wanted a copy of my driver's license and social security card. Didn't know to bring the latter, so I put it in my wallet for my next appointment as soon as I got home. I attended the obligatory thirty minute orientation.

     

    The next day, I was called and scheduled for an appointment.

     

    I met for the first time with my DVR counselor today. He explained that my diagnosis of AD/HD qualified me for services. The psychologist's report I had sent over ahead of time met DVR's requirements for diagnosis. One less hoop to jump through.

     

    I found it encouraging that the counselor was willing to consider my goal to earn a four year degree in psychology. To get the process rolling, I will first need to take a number of steps. 

     

    In a few weeks, I will take the World of Work Inventory. I was told it would take two hours. 

     

    In the meantime, I have been asked to commit to a career choice for my degree choice. To do so, he provided me with links to three websites to begin doing that research. There must be job market demand for my choice. Fortunately, counseling and other social service types of jobs are in demand in our area.

     

    My counselor earned his degree in psychology immediately following high school. He then earned his masters degree while working over a two and a half year period.

     

    He has worked in a state hospital and as a chemical dependency counselor. He taught school and later worked as a high school counselor. Today he works for DVR. He has two AD/HD children and gardens as a hobby. He came across as educated and non-judgemental. I genuinely liked him and felt his questions and the information he provided were appropriate.

     

    He was relieved to hear that I wouldn't be ready to start school until January 2009. He explained that this would give them the time needed. We'll meet again later in May.

     

    I'm nervous and excited at the same time...

     

    Grandma Lise

5 Comments
  • Eileen Bailey
    Health Guide
    May. 04, 2008

    Grandma Lise,

    This sounds like such a great program and what a wonderful start to your new adventure.

     

    With all that you do for other people in your life, it is good that something will be done to help you reach your goals. I will be following your progress through your Share Posts.

     

    Eileen

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Dec. 21, 2009

      Thanks a lot these comments are really encouraging. I have ADHD, and have a meeting with a DVR tommorow, I will come back to comment on how it went

    • Eileen Bailey
      Health Guide
      Dec. 23, 2009

      I will look forward to hearing how your meeting went. Wishing you the best,

       

      Eileen

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jan. 07, 2010

      Hello,

       

      The appointment with the DVR went well. I also learned some valuable lessons that will hopefully help others.  I had made an appointment over the phone after being transferred to several different local offices associated with the DVR. I  was supposed to receive a letter in the mail but I never did. If you...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hello,

       

      The appointment with the DVR went well. I also learned some valuable lessons that will hopefully help others.  I had made an appointment over the phone after being transferred to several different local offices associated with the DVR. I  was supposed to receive a letter in the mail but I never did. If you do not receive a letter in the mail of the date, time, and location when you are to meet a "week in advance",you probably should call to confirm that you still have an appointment. Also you should make sure that the office contact numbers and location of the office (you are scheduled to go to)  online is up-to-date. For me, the location of the local office and local office number "online" had been changed and I did not find out and went to the wrong address becuase I had not received a letter confirming my appointment.  I told the state office staff people about the information on the website and they were very understanding to my response. When I finally went in to see my actual counselor, she went out of her way to apologize for the mishap and was very professional and down-to-earth. I learned in general that the DVR is considered the "last source" of aid for students with disabilities however, they can and do offer financial to students. Basically, students need to fill out the FAFSA and make sure they are "eligible for financial aid" 1st, before they can apply for aid thru the DVR (2nd), this was good information to get. In some cases, peope with DVR may have legitimate concerns that people who receive accommodations at school will be unable to receive those same accommodations in a work environment, however; this is relative to the particular area of employment, you are seeking and relative to you and the best thing you can do is share with the counselor your personal situation becuase no one can better explain you than you.  I was told a good website to go for information on necessary tasks based on occupation is  http://www.occupationalinfo.org/dot_search.html 

       

      This is a good website that can help you know ideally what tasks and responsibilities are demanded of you for a particular occupation and this can help you to identify these prior to your appointment with the DVR so you can be better prepared.

       

      Hope this helps,

       

      I will keep everyone posted...

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jan. 07, 2010

      Disregard Previous email, this one is more spell check friendly :).

       

      Hello,

       

       

      The appointment with the DVR went well. I also learned some valuable lessons that will hopefully help others.  I had made an appointment over the phone after being transferred to several different local offices associated with the DVR. I  was supposed...

      RHMLucky777

      Read More

      Disregard Previous email, this one is more spell check friendly :).

       

      Hello,

       

       

      The appointment with the DVR went well. I also learned some valuable lessons that will hopefully help others.  I had made an appointment over the phone after being transferred to several different local offices associated with the DVR. I  was supposed to receive a letter in the mail but I never did. If you do not receive a letter in the mail of the date, time, and location when you are to meet a "week in advance",you probably should call to confirm that you still have an appointment. Also you should make sure that the office contact number and location of the office (you are scheduled to go to)  online is up-to-date. For me, the location of the local office and local office number "online" had been changed and I did not find out and went to the wrong address becuase I had not received a letter confirming my appointment.  I told the state office staff people about the information on the website and they were very understanding. When I finally went in to see my actual counselor, she went out of her way to apologize for the mishap and was very professional and down-to-earth. I learned in general that the DVR is considered the "last source" of aid for students with disabilities however, they can and do offer financial aid to students with emphasis on leading ultimately to employment. Basically, students need to fill out the FAFSA and make sure they are "eligible for financial aid" 1st, before they can apply for aid thru the DVR (2nd), this was good information to get. In some cases, people with DVR may have legitimate concerns that people who receive accommodations at school will be unable to receive those same accommodations in a work environment, however; this is relative to the particular area of employment, you are seeking and relative to you and the best thing you can do is share with the counselor your personal situation becuase no one can better explain you than you. A good website to go for information on necessary tasks based on occupation is  http://www.occupationalinfo.org/dot_search.html 

       

      This is a good website that can help you know ideally what tasks and responsibilities are demanded of you for a particular occupation and this can help you to identify these prior to your appointment with the DVR so you can be better prepared.

       

      Hope this helps,

       

      I will keep everyone posted...