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NC DIVISION OF SERVICES FOR THE BLIND POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION


Section:

R

Title:

Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology Services

Current Effective Date:

12/15

Revision History:

Revised 07/97; 02/06; 02/08; 10/09, 11/09; 08/10


The need for specialized Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Assistive Technology (AT) services has been recognized by the Division of Services for the Blind (DSB), especially for the following groups for individual:

DSB provides these services through several venues and specialized staff. These include the following:

The Assistive Technology staff work together to share information and to increase knowledge and awareness of devices for specific needs. The AT staff can only work with individuals who are in referral status, active status, or Post-Employment (PES) status with the VR program, and must be referred through the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. They also work with the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and the Employment Consultants in each office to develop employment opportunities, assist in job placement activities, and identify the possible need for work-site adaptations, modifications and AT needs. They can meet with companies to determine the job accessibility and to make recommendations to companies for modifications if needed.

Needs for AT services will be initially identified in the field services program by the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Such needs can include modifications or specialized equipment for use in evaluation, training or employment situation, as well as modifications of the living situation. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor will then refer the case to the Assistive Technology Engineer or Consultant using the Referral for Assistive Technology Services (On-Line DSB-4002at-VR Referral for Assistive Technology Services with instructions). The Engineer or Consultant will identify, access, and describe special or unique requirements and determine possible solutions. A report will be prepared and staffed with the referring Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor as soon as possible. If training is required on the adaptive equipment, the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor may refer the individual to the RBC for the training or to the Assistive Technology Instructors where appropriate.

Rehabilitation technology including telecommunications, sensory aids, and other technological aids and devices for eligible individuals who have an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), who are working toward an employment goal that requires specific technology to attain, regain, or maintain employment and who have the capability to use the equipment, are not subject to economic need requirements.

DSB continues to support the North Carolina Assistive Technology Project (NCATP). Agency staff will continue to cooperate and participate in project activities to heighten awareness and provide comprehensive services as they relate to technology and assistive devices.

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