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The Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) counselor and job candidate select services they believe provide the type of experience and generate the quality of information necessary to develop a vocational plan that will lead to employment. Contractors select as locations for employment training must have personnel qualified with respect to personality, knowledge, and skills in the techniques of instruction, have adequate equipment and instructional materials, and be willing to make provisions for a plan of graduated progress according to an efficiently organized and supervised instructional schedule.

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Discovery
Workplace Readiness
Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation
Job Shadow
Career Exploration
Occupational Skills Training
Work Adjustment
Job Seeking Skills Training
Transportation Training
Job Development
Natural Supports
Customized Employment
On-the-Job Training
Supported Employment Job Coaching
Job Follow-Up
Non-Supported Employment Job Coaching
Supported Short-Term Paid Work Experience
Employment Rates


Discovery

Discovery is a person-centered approach that leads to generating information to design a pathway to a career that focuses on the individual's interest, talents, and contributions (not limitations). Discovery services are appropriate for job candidates who haven't worked, worked primarily in segregated settings, or had little vocational success. Candidates who know their vocational goal or have a successful work history are not appropriate for Discovery. The results from Discovery are used to identify a job candidate's skills, interests, abilities, conditions, contributions, and support needed for employment - all of which lead to a more compatible job match.

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Forms Needed

  • Section II Discovery Services


Workplace Readiness

Workplace Readiness is used to assist a job candidate and IVRS counselor in determining vocational options, direction, goals, and training strategies. While a Workplace Readiness service can be used more than once based on the needs, interests, desires, and capabilities of a candidate, it can only be authorized one site at a time to review and build on results. Workplace Readiness services may also complement the Discovery process, help identify support needs, and result in the development of a job candidate's individual Plan for Employment.

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Forms Needed

  • Section III Vocational Assessment/ Preparation/ Training Services


Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation

The purpose of a Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation is to assess a job candidate's aptitudes in order to determine transferable skills for potential employment opportunities, possible training needs, or a specific skill program a candidate might undertake. Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation services provide an individualized and systemic assessment by which a candidate - in partnership with a Certified Evaluator - identify vocational options to assist in the development of appropriate employment goals and objectives.

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Forms Needed

  • Written report of assessment results


Job Shadow

The purpose of a Job Shadow is to provide opportunities for a candidate to make an informed choice about occupations of interest to them in the implementation of an employment goal. This service utilizes experiential learning opportunities in the community with local employers and may include informational interviews.

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Forms Needed

  • Section III Vocational Assessment/ Preparation/ Training Services


Career Exploration

Career Exploration is to provide informed client choice and identify occupations of interest to a job seeker. Career Exploration is a process in which the candidate and staff research, through various media, labor market information, occupational skill requirements, occupational projections, and training providers. This service may also include a computerized career search to help identify vocational options available in the local labor market.

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Forms Needed

  • Section III Vocational Assessment/ Preparation/ Training Services


Occupational Skills Training

The purpose of Occupational Skills Training (OST) is to assist a job candidate in developing specific work skills. Training may occur in partnership with a business or industry, or CRP providing the training. OST is designed to enhance the candidates’ ability to do a potential job identified in the community and also provide strategies on job retention skills.

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Forms Needed

  • Occupational Skills Training Progress Report


Work Adjustment

Work Adjustment Training (WAT) is a training program that remedies negative work habits and behaviors, improves work tolerance, and develops strategies to improve a job candidate’s ability to maintain employment.  The purpose of WAT is to enhance a job candidate’s ability to find and keep a job. WAT can take up to a month to complete.

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Forms Needed

  • Section III Vocational Assessment/ Preparation/ Training Services


Job Seeking Skills Training

The purpose of Job Seeking Skills Training is to teach a job candidate how to find a job with assistance at a level required by the job candidate’s needs, and how to apply strategies to get a job in the future if necessary.

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Forms Needed

  • Section III Vocational Assessment/ Preparation/ Training Services


Transportation Training

Transportation Training teaches the job candidate how to use mass transit to get to and from work, not how to drive.

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Forms Needed

  • Section III Vocational Assessment/ Preparation/ Training Services


Job Development

The purpose of Job Development is to place a job candidate with the most significant disability(ies) into competitive integrated employment where compensation is consistent with wage standards, and ongoing support services are available to provide a service to the business customer. Additionally, Job Development supports Iowa’s employers in hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities in the workforce.  Employer Development is different from the other services because the primary customer is the business or industry with whom the job candidate has been placed. A Job Analysis is required to pay for services.

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Forms Needed

  • Section IV Supported Employment Placement Agreement (SEPA)
  • Job Development Log
  • Job Development Monthly Report Form
  • Job Analysis Form
  • Plan for Natural Supports Form


Natural Supports

Developing Natural Supports is a requirement for writing a plan for Supported Employment Services. Natural supports can be provided by a co-worker or member of the employment site who provides a job candidate the needed support to learn and perform a skill in order to be successful on the job. This plan is coordinated by the CRP in conjunction with the worksite employer.

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Forms Needed

  • Plan for Natural Supports


Customized Employment

The purpose of Customized Employment (CE) is to create employment through negotiation or job carving instead of using the traditional approach. CE matches a person to an existing job or a new position may be developed. CE is provided conjunction with Supported Employment Services and involves revising a job description and/or or exploring work opportunities that don’t currently exist.

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Forms Needed

  • Customized Employment Services


On-The-Job Training

On-The-Job Training (OJT) is a tool to assist candidates in preparing themselves for employment in a competitive work environment. OJT is a training program in which the employer provides direct hands-on training to a candidate at the employer’s site. This includes work experience, one on one training, work tryouts, etc. There are two types of OJT’s: Trainee OJT (no employer/employee relationship) or Employee OJT (an employer/employee relationship).


Supported Employment Job Coaching

The purpose of Supported Employment Job Coaching is to provide extensive, upfront job coaching to assist the new hire to work in an integrated setting at a business, earning commensurate wages at or above minimum wage, and afforded company benefits. Supported Employment Job Coaching trains the candidate on the appropriate job specific skills, work habits, behaviors, socialization, and adjust to the job to achieve successful employment.

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Forms Needed

  • Supported Employment Job Coaching Monthly Report


Job Follow-Up

Job Follow-Up requires an exception and is not widely used unless needed to maintain employment and ensure employer satisfaction. The purpose of this service is to monitor a candidate’s performance on the job when they are placed without any job coaching services. Job Follow-Up requires regular contact with the employer and job candidate after initial placement. The outcome of this service is that employment is maintained.

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Forms Needed

  • Job Follow-Up Services


Non-Supported Employment Job Coaching

Non-Supported Employment Job Coaching requires an exception and is not widely used.  This service is provided when the counselor, candidate and employer determine that job coaching is needed. Training, either on the job or away from the worksite, is provided by a job coach who has specialized skill in training individuals with disabilities to learn job-specific tasks, work habits and behaviors, and appropriate for individuals who are eventually able to work independent of job coaching assistance.

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Forms Needed

  • Non-Supported Employment Job Coaching


Supported Short-Term Paid Work Experience

Supported Short-Term Paid Work Experience is only for students who are Most Significantly Disabled. This service provide a high school student the opportunity to work in competitive integrated employment prior to graduation. It may be provided for students who haven’t decided on their career goal and can occur during school, outside of school hours, and/or during the summer.​

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