The California Department Of Rehabilitation (DOR)

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California Department of Rehabilitation Introduction: The Department of Rehabilitation was originally created to assist people with disabilities in obtaining their employment goals in order to achieve independence. The following information I’m about to present will help you to have a better understanding as to how the agency operates. I will refer to the person receiving services as the consumer and the Department of Rehabilitation as the DOR. History: The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) administers the largest vocational program in the country. The DOR was established on Oct. 1, 1963 in accordance with Chpt. 1747, Statutes of 1963. The DOR provides consultation, counseling, and vocational rehabilitation, and works…show more content…
In addition to this the federal work reimbursements from the Social Security Administration the DOR funds 29 Independent Living Centers in California which provide independent living services to over 30,000 people who are aged/ or have significant disabilities to live independently outside the institutions. The current Director of the DOR, Anthony “Tony” P. Saur, is a former consumer of the DOR, who needed help following a motorcycle accident. With guidance from the DOR he began a career in the construction trades, successfully becoming a self-employed cabinet maker. Eventually the field of rehabilitation became his life’s work. Now he states it a privilege leading the DOR. Mission Statement: The California DOR works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities. Core Values: Values under which the DOR operates all of their programs and services . 1. Quality- Strive to meet stakeholders needs through continuous improvement, creativity, competence, and…show more content…
Vocational Needs Assessment- Consumer and counselor discuss interest and abilities and decide what services and assistance you might need to obtain and retain employment. Service Delivery: Once you are determined to be eligible you will begin an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) The IPE is a written plan listing the consumer’s job objectives and DOR services they will receive in order to find and obtain your employment. Once signed by the counselor and Rehabilitation Supervisor the consumer can start receiving services mentioned below. • Academic Tutors- Assist clients with specific courses related to an academic course of study. Tutors must be able to maintain both impartiality and confidently in all assignments. • Vocational Skills Tutors- Assist clients in learning specific vocational skills. Tutors must be able to maintain both impartiality and confidently in all assignments. • Language Interpreting- May be necessary for clients with limited English speaking abilities or deafness requiring sign language or real time
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