You are eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation if you meet all three of the following criteria:
1. You have a physical or mental disability
2. Your disability prevents you from getting or keeping a job
3. You want to work and you need VR services to help you get or keep a job.
The types of services provided are based on what you need to get and keep a job. Services MAY include some of the following.
Students become eligible to submit a formal application for MVR services during the spring before the student's exit year. Before to that time, MVR counselors will serve as consultants regarding vocational planning. Students, teachers, parents and others are welcome to contact MVR for information at any time.
To apply, students may ask their teacher to help schedule an appointment with the MVR counselor who travels to their school or they can contact the Vocational Rehabilitation office that serves their area.
Disability Employment and Transitions began its transition demonstration project in Missoula in 2007 with funding from the state legislature and governor.
The project had two goals:
A vocational rehabilitation counselor held regular office hours in each of the three Missoula public high schools. This counselor met with students, school staff and parents to explain vocational rehabilitation services and helped interested students set up appointments with their own Montana Vocational Rehabilitation counselors.
After the demonstration, students with disabilities and their support team members (parents, teachers, therapists, etc.) reported considerable improvement in the quality of services. The project also produced award-winning materials to assist successful transitions.
In 2011, money for the demonstration program was pulled. However, the program had such initial success that the project practices and materials went statewide. Now, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in each Disability Employment and Transitions field office hold or plan to hold regular office hours in Montana’s largest high schools. In the future, Disability Employment and Transitions will assess the program and continue improving our services.
The following tools were designed to clarify and simplify the transitions process for students and their support teams, including: parents, teachers, and MVR counselors.
Disability Employment and Transitions is proud to sponsor the Montana Youth Leadership Forum (MYLF).
MYLF (pronounced “my life”) is a unique career and leadership training program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with disabilities. By serving as delegates from their communities at a 5-day intensive training, youth with disabilities will cultivate leadership, citizenship, and social skills.
Disability Employment and Transitions and the Office of Public Instruction sponsor the Montana Youth Transitions Program (MYTransitions).
MYTransitions is a website where you can explore, ask questions and discover. The intent of their website is to connect students and families to others across Montana who are also in transition or who have already navigated the transition process. MYTransitions is a reference tool for youth with disabilities and their families.