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The Washington Department of Rehabilitation is mandated (required) by the U.S. Government, Department of Education that oversees its programs, to provide re-training for re-employment, including education, for persons who have become disabled, including Brain Injury Survivors. The type of education that can be sponsored by the WA Department of Vocational Rehabilitation must train the individual for employment at a level "appropriate" for the person's abilities -- not just "entry-level" or menial work. This is a great benefit for Brain Injury Survivors. The rule is a directive of the U.S. Department of Education.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 
Regional Offices Statewide
Phone: Toll-free 1-800-637-5627 Voice/TTY 
Web site: http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/
Description: Helps people become independent and successful. Assists people with disabilities to gain, maintain, and advance in employment. Each DVR office throughout the state is committed to offering a welcoming environment and providing the information and support necessary for people with disabilities to direct and receive the goods and services in a way that makes the most sense for them.
Eligibility: Adults with disabilities
How to apply: Call for services

DVR/Rainier WorkSource Affiliate Supported Employment
2531 Rainier Ave South Seattle, WA 98144
Phone: 1-800-622-1375 Voice/TTY Voice: (206) 721-7300 TTY: (206) 721-7304; FAX: (206) 721-7308
Web site: http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/aboutdvr/supported-employment.htm
Description: Support services for person with disabilities who wants to be more independent. Services include personal care assistance, affordable, accessible housing and case management.
Areas Served: King County
Eligibility: Adults with disabilities who want to be more independent
How to apply: Call for services

School Transition Program - State coordinator
Phone: 425-861-37631 or toll-free 800-637-5627 (V/TTY) 
Web site: http://www1.dshs.wa.gov/dvr/aboutdvr/school-transition.htm
Description: Transition is a team effort that provides support and guidance to students with disabilities as they move from high school to the work place. Transition is a team effort to assist students: Identify career interests, and learn what skills and training are needed to prepare for careers in those fields.
Areas Served: Statewide
Eligibility: Students with disabilities
How to apply: Contact your teacher, school counselor of the nearest DVR office for services
Fees: Most services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

Office of State Coordinator of Vocational Education for Students with Disabilities
Career and Technical Education
P.O. Box 47200 - Olympia, WA 98504-7200 
Phone: (360) 725-6242; (360) 664-3631 (TTY)
Email: rfieldman@ospi.wednet.edu
Web site:  http://www.k12.wa.us/careerteched/
Description: Career and Technical Education is a planned program of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports basic academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, preparation for industry-defined work, and advanced and continuing education.
Areas Served:  Statewide
Eligibility: Students with disabilities and their families
How to apply: Call for services
Fees: Most services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.

Web site: http://www.disability.gov/
Description: Web site supported by the Federal Government that contains many topics of interest to people with disabilities; extensive links. Has a Children and Youth section.
Area Served:  Nationwide
Eligibility: people with disabilities
How to apply: visit website for services
Fees: Access to web site free of charge

The Work Site Social Security Administration
Phone:  (800) 772-1213 TTY: (800) 325-0778
Web site: http://www.ssa.gov/
Description: Employment Support for beneficiaries with disabilities. Includes programs and services that facilitate entry into the workforce.
Area Served: Statewide
Eligibility: Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities
How to apply: Call for services at an office near you

HEATH Resource Center Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities 
2121 K Street, NW Suite 220 Washington, DC 20037
Phone: Voice/TTY: 202.973.0904 or Toll Free 1.800.544.3284 Fax: 202.973.0908 
Email: askheath@gwu.edu
Web site: http://www.heath.gwu.edu/
Description: Resource guide to help individuals with disabilities to seek and obtain financial assistance for postsecondary education. The guide describes federal financial aid programs, state vocational rehabilitation services, and regional and local sources. A listing of nationally awarded grants and a pre-college checklist to organize the search for funds complete the guide
Area Served: Nationwide
Eligibility: Student with intellectual disabilities
How to apply: Call for services
Fees: Call of visit web site for free copy.


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