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  • Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Combined or General)

    The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan [13] must include the following descriptions and estimates, as required by section 101(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA:


    [13] Sec. 102(b)(2)(D)(iii) of WIOA

    • o. State's Strategies

      Describe the required strategies and how the agency will use these strategies to achieve its goals and priorities, support innovation and expansion activities, and overcome any barriers to accessing the VR and the Supported Employment programs (See sections 101(a)(15)(D) and (18)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act and section 427 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA)):

o. 3. The outreach procedures that will be used to identify and serve individuals with disabilities who are minorities, including those with the most significant disabilities, as well as those who have been unserved or underserved by the VR program

Current Narrative:

Outreach to Individuals with Disabilities who are Minorities and/or who have been Unserved or Underserved 

VR continues to assess its services to individuals with the most significant disabilities and individuals who may be unserved or underserved, as well as those with the most significant disabilities who may be from minority populations. VR completed the CSNA during FFY2018-19, which will has further identified unserved and/ or underserved groups, as well as recommendations for how to better serve these groups. Strategic projects and local-level outreach activities to ensure services to minorities and unserved/ underserved groups include the following:

  • Develop and implement all components of the VR Business Relationship Program.
  • Redesign and implement pre-employment services for transition-age customers.
  • Design and implement a program about service alternatives for customers to use in making an informed choice prior to entering subminimum wage employment.
  • Design and implement enhancements to the Vendor Profile document for customer use in making informed choices regarding employment providers.
  • Continue to explore partnership opportunities with community/faith-based organizations. Develop contact lists of faith-based and other diverse programs as resources for partnership opportunities.
  • Continue to identify outreach activities conducted by VR area offices for underrepresented populations. Conduct outreach in local communities to promote VR as an agency, and help individuals with disabilities who are minorities or who may be unserved or underserved to return or remain in the workplace.
  • Continue to conduct outreach to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families through contracts with community-based organizations and other partners.
  • Continue to implement activities outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding with the Lower Muscogee Creek Tribe.

DVR currently collaborates with the Department of Juvenile Justice and Foster Care to ensure access to pre-employment transition services for student with disabilities in institutional settings.  DVR is in partnership with the Department of Corrections to collaborate on the Adult Re-entry and Employment Strategic Planning Program Grant to identify strategies for connecting re-entry citizens to employment.