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Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

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Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Alaska Vocational Rehabilitation

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Each year, the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) helps hundreds of Alaskans with disabilities prepare for, get and keep good jobs. If you want to work or keep working and have a physical, intellectual or mental condition that makes this hard, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services.

A vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor helps eligible Alaskans choose their job goals, the services they need to reach those goals and the providers of those services.You may qualify if you have trouble finding or keeping a job because of a physical, mental or intellectual condition.

Free Services

  • Medical exam to see if you qualify and to help plan your career.
  • Counseling, especially about disability issues that affect you.
  • Help choosing the job goal that’s right for you.
  • Referral to other agencies that can help you.
  • Tests and other tools to better understand your talents, etc.
  • On-the-job training with a real employer while you work.
  • A short-term job try-out called a “Community Assessment.”
  • Training designed for you, to help you adjust to working.
  • Job search and placement services.
  • Interpreter, reader, and tutoring services.

Services You May Help Pay For

  • All training (except on-the-job training)
  • Books, training supplies, tools, equipment (including computers), and other supplies.
  • Living expenses, see your counselor for details.
  • Transportation (getting from place to place).
  • Medical care and therapy.
  • Self-employment.
  • Devices that help with your disability.
  • Services to family members.
  • Work licenses.
  • Any other goods or services.
2018-08-07T22:05:17+00:00Categories: Alaska, Disability Products & Services|Tags: |

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

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Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.
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