What are Specialized Services?
SVRI has a highly qualified staff that coordinates and delivers the following services directly to individuals with disabilities based on referrals from DVR, managed care organizations, and others. The services noted below can all be integrated into creative approaches to improve and enhance quality employment outcomes of people with disabilities. If you are interested in learning more about how SVRI services can assist you with your needs, please contact us for further discussion.
Eligibility and Order of Selection Unit
Nationwide, State Vocational Rehabilitation programs and staff have up to 60 days to determine an individual's eligibility for DVR services. In 2016, a pilot project on eligibility determination was expanded statewide to process the over 10,000 applications received annually. SVRI has piloted this project on behalf of the federal-state Vocational Rehabilitation program in Wisconsin. The model encompasses a centralized administrative process for determining eligibility, based on integrating rapid engagement strategies and administrative efficiencies for processing Vocational Rehabilitation program applications.
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- Any product or piece of equipment used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities is an assistive technology (AT) device.
- These items may be commercially made products intended as assistive technology, common products that may have been modified to serve an individual's need, or custom made in our fabrication lab.
- People of all ages can benefit from these services that will help them with the assistive technology they want to use at home, in school, or at work.
- AT services are individualized to meet a person's specific needs and assistive technologists can meet with people in their homes, workplaces, or at SVRI's lab.
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Work Incentive Benefits Analysis
- Fear of losing benefits is a common concern for people with disabilities who want to work. SVRI's benefits specialists explain the effect that working will have on an individual's benefits and dispel some of the myths about working while receiving benefits. This information can help the individual to make an informed choice.
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Pre-Driving Evaluation & Training
Career Exploration Assessment
- Career Exploration Assessment focuses on career exploration and psychometric testing. Career exploration activities may include interest testing, web-based searches, and conversations with the evaluator to collaborate on job ideas. Services are usually provided over the course of one or two days, depending upon the needs of the consumer.
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Community Living Assessment
- Community living assessments help participants and their families determine the best living situation for a participant and independent living areas to continue building skills in. Assessments can take place at SVRI, at the participant's current residence, or within the community.
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Soft Skills Training
Soft skills help individuals get along with others at home, at school, and at work. People use soft skills every day when talking to someone, working with someone, making a decision, and more. Employers like to hire people with good soft skills. So, how are good soft skills developed? Through practice.
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