IVRS Educator Presentation (in PowerPoint) by 60m8qV

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									 Lori Kolbeck, Rehabilitation Counselor
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
            Two Triton Circle
          Fort Dodge, IA 50501
              (515) 573-8175
         lori.kolbeck@iowa.gov
                                    Our Mission
                          Mission
We provide expert, individualized services to Iowans with
    disabilities to achieve their independence through
     successful employment and economic support.

                           Vision
To be a respected leader that delivers innovative services
        to better the lives of Iowans with disabilities
Exchange of Information

       IVRS is a division under the
       Department of Education



       IVRS is able to communicate
       with AEA and LEA



       IVRS is able to access student
       information
                     Who Do We Serve?

Students and adults with disabilities who can benefit from
assistance to determine career goals and find employment.



We serve a broad range of disabilities. Examples include:
learning disabilities, ADHD, depression, substance abuse,
orthopedic disorders, diabetes, arthritis, hearing impairments,
and many others!



The majority of students on an IEP will qualify. Students do not
have to be on an IEP to qualify. Past IEP students, 504 plan
students, and general education students can also qualify.
                                 Eligibility Criteria

The individual must have a documented disability. We have an
agreement with Department of Education for documentation of a
learning disability



The disability must limit the individual’s opportunity for preparing
for, obtaining, or keeping a job



Vocational Rehabilitation services will assist the individual in
obtaining meaningful employment
Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility Criteria
                                       Our Purpose

We are an employment program. Our goal is to help adults and
students develop career plans. Services are individualized and
based upon interests and skills.


We develop an Individual Employment Plan (IPE) which is a
document that identifies an individual’s goal and services to be
provided to help them reach that goal. This goal does have to be
realistic and mutually agreed upon.


We want our IPE to align with the IEP for a smoother transition.
                                 Employment Plan

Assessment: Interest inventories,
vocational assessments
Counseling and Guidance: Career
planning, assistance in identifying
a career goal, disability
awareness and self advocacy
Training: College, On the Job
training, financial assistance,
counseling on accommodations
Assistive Technology:
Identification on needs, financial
assistance for hearing aids,
prostheses, etc.
Job Placement: Assistance with
job search, resumes, interviewing
skills, employer expectations
                                         Expectations

IVRS expects from students:

  We have the same expectations of our participants that
  employers have of their employees
  We expect cooperation, good attendance, and willingness to
  work
  We expect the student to be an equal and active partner
  We expect our participants to work at least 20 hours per week in
  a community job
  We expect that a student will follow through with services from
  the time that their file is open until their file is closed
                                             Expectations
Students and teachers can expect:

  IVRS counselor presence in all schools
  IVRS counselor to meet with students during the sophomore year of high school
  to complete applications
  Counselor will provide assessments, career counseling, and college planning
  Counselor can help arrange job shadowing experiences
  Counselor will serve as a link between education and world of work
  Counselor can provide counseling on disability issues and accommodation needs
  for post secondary work and training success
  Counselor can provide information on careers, education expectations, and
  employer expectations
  Counselor is available to do presentations on various topics
  Counselor is expected to communicate on a regular basis with educators and
  provide feedback and information on services provided to student
  Counselors are able to attend IEP meetings and contribute to a student’s plan
                                         Next Steps

Counselors will be in contact with teachers, principals, and AEA
reps in each area

Development of relationships in each school

Establish a good system for referral of students and provision of
services and participation in IEP meetings

Best Practices Handout

								
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