After High School
In the past many people with disabilities, especially those with significant physical or intellectual disabilities, were not expected to work. This is slowly changing, and more and more people with disabilities are joining the workforce. Many people with disabilities use the services of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Workforce Florida to help them prepare for, find, and keep a job.
Vocational Rehabilitation is a federal-state program that helps people who have disabilities get and keep jobs. VR can begin to work with students with disabilities while they are still in school. A VR representative may be invited to your son or daughter's IEP meeting. If the school does not suggest this, you can request it. VR offers many services, including the following:
- Medical and psychological assessment
- Vocational evaluation and planning
- Career counseling and guidance
- Training and education after high school
- Job-site assessment and accommodations
- Job placement
- Job coaching
- On-the-job training
- Supported employment
- Assistive technology and devices
- Time-limited medical and/or psychological treatment
More information can be found on the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation web site.
Career Source Florida
Florida's workforce system offers services to every Floridian through one-stop career centers. Many one-stop centers have disability navigators. It is their job to help the staff help people with disabilities and to help transitioning youth with disabilities get training and jobs.
Workforce Florida has thousands of job listings. They have special job portals for veterans and for people over 55, and they are now building a new portal for people with disabilities.
More information can be found on the Career Source Florida website.