Once you are eligible and ready to receive Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services, you and your counselor will develop your Individualized Plan for Employment, often called the IPE. This plan will outline and explain your employment goal as well as the services you will need to be successful in reaching your goal. You and your counselor must both agree to the plan and sign it in order for it to be effective.
Your employment goal and IPE can be changed or modified with the approval of both you and your counselor. Your plan will be reviewed officially every year; at that time, you and your counselor will create a new plan (which may be the exact same as the old plan), discuss progress and make sure you’re both in agreement, and sign to put it into effect for another year (or until you choose to modify it).
If you choose to obtain an advocate outside of VR, you have different options of who to work with, including the Client Assistance Program (CAP) or Disability Rights Iowa (DRI), or another person you identify. Your counselor can give you more information on either of these if you so request them.