- Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services – Division of Rehabilitative Services
- DARS provides multiple services to people with disabilities, including those in transition to postsecondary education and employment. Included are employment services and residential training and rehabilitation at the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center.
- To locate offices in your community, go to Find an Office
- Among services provided at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center is the PERT (Postsecondary Education / Rehabilitation Transition) program , a school to work transition project that serves school-aged students, usually age 16 or older, receiving special education services in a participating public school. The program features vocational assessment and exploration using hands-on situational assessment and integrates vocationally relevant academic assessments. Also included are assessments of independent living skills, leisure skills, and vocational skills. Findings are implemented in the student's home school in a collaborative process involving both PERT staff, local DRS counselors and educators.
- Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) provides rehabilitation services to individuals who are blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind. Evaluation services are provided to determine eligibility which may include eye, hearing and general medical evaluations, as well as special aptitude and ability tests, psychological tests, work evaluations, and vocational explorations. Individualized programs are developed with eligible individuals to assist with obtaining or retaining employment. Services that may be provided include, but are not limited to, training to assist individuals in adjusting to the loss of vision; vocational and adjustment counseling; vocational training, eye surgery and/or eye treatment for a limited number of individuals; adaptive equipment for training and/or employment; rehabilitation engineering services to modify training and/or job sites; and supported employment services for individuals who are blind and have other disabilities. Job placement and follow-up services are also provided and are given major emphasis. VR services help to make employment opportunities of many types available to persons with visual disabilities. For further information, please send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA)
- Rehabilitation Act: Your Rights as an Individual
For more information, contact your local Special Education Director, local Rehabilitative Services Office, or the Virginia Department of Education.