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The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve competitive employment and increased independence through rehabilitation services. They provide training and employment services to eligible individuals with physical or mental impairments so they can become and remain employed. Services that result in competitive employment are either provided or purchased.

DVR is a full service business assistance program for North Dakota business owners and employers. Through DVR services, businesses can gain a critical advantage in today's highly competitive marketplace. They provide professional consultations to assist business owners and employers in finding solutions to their disability-related issues.

Services include (but are NOT limited to)

  • Diagnosis and evaluation
  • Vocational counseling and planning
  • Information and referral
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Physical and mental restoration services
  • Employment maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Vocational training including supported employment
  • Job placement and follow-up

Eligibility

Eligibility for individuals who want to obtain or maintain employment is based on the following:

  • The individual must have a physical or mental impairment
  • The physical or mental impairment must affect the individual's ability to obtain or maintain employment
  • The individual must require Vocational Rehabilitation services

DVR has a responsibility to serve anyone who is eligible and living in the state.  They coordinate with the North Dakota Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects to serve American Indians with disabilities. American Indians can choose to receive services from state and/or tribal Vocational Rehabilitation programs.

Cost of services

Many services are provided at no cost to the eligible individual. However, some services are subject to a sliding fee scale based on income.

Federal Resources

If you are a Veteran, you may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.

If you support a Veteran or Servicemember with a service-connected disability, who faces difficult employment challenges, there may be little left in the household budget for your higher education and career advancement. VA may offer assistance to help you assess your career goals and abilities, find your next job, further your education and skills, and identify places where you can get job training.

VA may extend vocational counseling and support to family members on topics including:

Eligibility

Active Duty Service Members are eligible if they:

  • Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty
  • Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services

Or (until December 31, 2014)

  • Are participating in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) or are certified by the military as having a severe injury or illness that may prevent them from performing their military duties
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services, and
  • Report for an evaluation with a VR&E counselor before separating from active duty

Veterans are eligible if they:

  • Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services

Basic period of Eligibility

  • Date of separation from active military service, or
  • Date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.

The basic period of eligibility may be extended if a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) determines that a Veteran has a Serious Employment Handicap

Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information.

The Wyakin Warrior Foundation is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization providing a full-spectrum education and professional development program for severely wounded, injured, or ill Post 9/11 veterans, designed for collegiate success and resulting in a rewarding career after graduation.  Also known as the Wyakin Wounded Warrior Academy™, the program provides:

  • A full, 60 month scholarship (including room, board, books, tutoring, and living expenses).
  • A custom, one-on-one, multi-layered mentoring program by the nation’s top leaders in business, industry and government service.  Mentorship continues for a full year after graduation.
  • Monthly professional development seminars by business leaders, public officials and employment experts.
  • Lifetime membership in a fraternal organization (the Wyakin Warrior Foundation).
  • A service project, completed while in school, to benefit other wounded warriors.
  • Robust networking to assist them in securing gainful employment after graduation – not just get a job, but get a good job with upward mobility.

Our veterans can attend Boise State University, which has been an enthusiastic supporter of the program, or the College of Western Idaho, a local community college.

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