Connecting Kentucky to employment, workforce information, education and training. The Kentucky Career Center stands ready to assist Kentuckians with disabilities in achieving suitable employment and independence. Kentucky Career Center offers a comprehensive range of services for people with disabilities. For more info, see Vocational Services.
The Kentucky Office for the Blind assists Kentuckians with visual disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. The office employs approximately 100 staff members in 11 offices covering all 120 counties in Kentucky. Office for the Blind provides:
– Assessment to determine eligibility and needs
– Vocational Guidance and Counseling
– Job Development
– Job Placement Services
– Assistive Technology Services and Devices
– Orientation and Mobility
– Work Experience
– Bioptic Driving
– Orientation and Mobility Services
What is Supported Employment?
Kentucky has over 80 entities that provide supported employment. Some are freestanding agencies that only provide supported employment. Others provide other services in addition to supported employment. When seeking supported employment, you may begin by talking with supported employment providers (KY Supported Employment Provider List). Alternatively, your first step may be contacting the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) where your OVR eligibility will be determined and referrals made to supported employment providers. Regardless, it is important to interview supported employment providers to learn about their ways of approaching employment services. As is true for all types of services, there is a significant range of quality.
Transition is the “exit” out of a child’s secondary school to the adult world. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that prepares them for further education, employment, and independent living. One strategy for ensuring a successful transition, is planning. As part of IDEA, schools are required to provide transition planning to help the student identify interests, strengths, preferences and needs. Transition planning also means identifying possible post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, and/or community participation. Transition is also developing a coordinated set of activities for a student that will help him or her to achieve those goals.
Transition services include: instruction, related services, community experiences, and development of employment and adult living objectives.
The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. The office employs approximately 140 rehabilitation counselors in over 50 offices covering all 120 counties in Kentucky.
Services Vocational Rehabilitation provides include:
– Assessment for determining eligibility and needs
– Counseling and guidance
– Vocational and training services
– Supported employment
– Personal Assistant Services
– Interpreter and note taking
– Telecommunications, sensory and other technical aides
– Job placement and job retention services
– Employment follow-up and post-employment services.