LEAD PARTNER: Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation
Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is embracing the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation to deepen partnerships with education and workforce partners throughout the state. Oregon VR is participating with every Local Workforce Development Board in the state and sits on their Local Leadership Teams to create services that meet the local areas needs of employers. Simultaneously, Oregon VR is working with local school districts to address transitional needs of students with disabilities through VR’s Youth Transition Program (YTP), an internationally recognized best practice in transition services for students with disabilities. The Oregon Department of Education and VR are co-funding Transition Network Facilitators, who are disability navigators working with staff from VR, schools, and developmental disabilities services to build teams to meet student employment needs before they exit the school system. The Oregon VR staff that are collocated at the American Job Centers (AJCs) are pulling in all of these connections to create greater access for individuals with disabilities that result in greater employment outcomes. VR assists individuals with disabilities to get and keep a job that matches their skills, interests, and abilities. Oregon VR staff work in partnership with the community and businesses to provide services that are individualized to help each eligible person receive services that are essential to their employment success. Learn more about Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation.