Overview

Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides services for people with disabilities to help them prepare for, obtain, retain or advance in employment.

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Eligibility

You may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if you:

  • Have a disability which results in substantial barriers to employment
  • Require services to prepare for, obtain, retain or advance in employment
  • Are able to obtain, retain or advance in employment as a result of services

Disabilities Served

Disabilities Other Than Vision-Related Disabilities

  • Behavioral and mental health conditions
  • Hearing impairments, including deafness
  • Alcoholism or drug addiction
  • Intellectual, learning and developmental disabilities
  • Physical disabilities, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, back injury, paralysis and impaired movement

Vision-Related Disabilities

  • Blindness
  • Significant visual impairments
  • DeafBlindness

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Adult Services

Get help preparing for, obtaining, retaining or advancing in your employment through the following individualized services.  Services are based on eligibility and your individual needs.

Services to Assist with Employment

Services may be provided to help you prepare for, obtain, retain or advance in employment, including (as needed):

  • Vocational counseling and guidance
  • Referrals for hearing, visual and other examinations
  • Assistance with medical appointments and treatment
  • Rehabilitation devices, including hearing aids, wheelchairs, artificial limbs and braces
  • Therapy to address a disability, including occupational or speech therapy and applied behavioral analysis
  • Physical restoration services
  • Medical, psychological and vocational assessments
  • Assistance with college education or trade certification
  • On-the-job training
  • Training in workplace and employer expectations
  • Vocational adjustment training
  • Rehabilitation Teachers Services to help you learn Braille, orientation & mobility, and home and health management skills if you are blind or have a visual impairment
  • Supported employment

Job Matching & Placement Services

  • Transportation assistance to and from your job, including travel vouchers and vehicle modifications
  • Follow-up and supported employment services to help you maintain employment
  • Referral to Business Enterprises of Texas program, Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center and other state, federal and community agencies and organizations

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Apply for Services

If you are a person with a disability, or a family member of a person with a disability, to learn more about or apply for services:

Application & Service Process

Application process:

  • Contact your Texas Workforce Solutions – Vocational Rehabilitation Services office or TWC Vocational Rehabilitation Inquiries.
  • Submit an application for services.
  • Receive an eligibility determination from your TWC vocational rehabilitation counselor, usually within 60 days from the date of the application.

If eligible:

  • Complete vocational and other assessments at your counselor’s request.
  • Work with your vocational rehabilitation counselor to develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) within 90 days from eligibility which includes your employment goal and approved services.
  • Receive training and services included on the IPE from your counselor or a provider.

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Appeals Process

If you have a concern with any TWC decision regarding your vocational rehabilitation services, try to resolve the concern with your TWC vocational rehabilitation counselor and his or her supervisor.

If your concern is not resolved, see Appeal a Vocational Rehabilitation Decision to learn about your rights to appeal a determination.

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Contact Information