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Mission Statement

To provide quality and culturally appropriate VR services to American Indians with Disabilities consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities and informed choices, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, telecomuting, and business ownership.

History

The WSVR program has been in Warm Springs since October 1993 providing VR services to eligible American Indians with Disabilities to obtain employment. This program is a federally funded Section 121 American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation program and must compete with other Federally recognized Tribes to obtain funding. WSVR is currently providing services from federal funds recently received for a period of 5 years beginning October 1, 2004 - September 30, 2009.

Program Goals:

  • Build awareness of the WSVR program to increase the number of VR customers served
  • Increase the skill level of WSVR Staff to continue to provide optimum VR services
  • Provide culturally appropriate VR services for eligible American Indians by indentifying 100 new customer per year and successfully rehabilitating 25 customers
  • Establish and maintain a WSVR Advisory Committee
  • Evaluate Project to ensure program services are provided per federal grant

 

Eligiblity Criteria:

  1. Applicant must have a mental or physical disability (i.e. learning disability, orthopedic condition, loss of hearing, spinal cord injuries, etc.) that can be confirmed by a Professional
  2. Documented information supports the Applicant's disability prevents the applicant from obtaining or keeping a job
  3. Applicant is a Tribal Member of a Federallly recognized tribe
  4. Applicant must reside on the Reservation or within a 65-mile radius of the Reservation boundaries at the time of application
  5. There must be a reasonable expectation that the provision of VR services will lead to employment

 

Types of services offered by the WSVR

  • Services that are needed to find employment
  • Training or education, if needed, to help you find employment
  • Special equipment or technology which may help you hold a job (e.g. tools or special work clothing)
  • Vocational counseling and guidance to assist you in selecting an employment goal
  • Evaluations, if necessary, to determine your job skills or interests
  • Transportation to your training or job sites (e.g. fuel vouchers, taxi service, bus passes, etc.)
  • On-the-job training, job search assistance, or job interview skills development to help you get that important job
  • Assistive devices
  • Rehabilitation Technology and assistance

 

Expectations of the Applicant:

  • Participate fully, be flexible and willing to try new things
  • Comply with all doctor's or counselors treatment recommendations
  • Keep all scheduled appointments
  • Communicate openly and honestly with the VR Counselor
  • Share medical information with the VR Counselor

 

Program Orientation

Scheduled every Monday at 3:00 pm in Warm Springs at the Tribal Social Services building located in the Industrial Park. Special Orientation presentations for large groups representing other departments or individuals located in areas within the WSVR service delivery area may be scheduled, please call to make these arrangements.

 

Contact Information:

P.O. Box C
4217-A Holliday Way
Warm Springs, OR 97761

Phone: (541) 553-4952
Fax:     (541) 553-3367

 
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