Vocational Rehabilitation

Today we went out in search of an amazing Polish Deli (aptly called the Polish Deli here in Leesburg, FL), and sadly it was closed today. Not so sadly, I saw a sign for help with disability and social security and decided to pop in quick to inquire. One of my family members has fibromyalgia, arthritis, and celiac disease. They wanted to see about disability while they look for a job that fits them, but are embarrassed and no
t sure where to start. In going to ask, I found out that not only does the person who was helping me have fibromyalgia too, but that there are programs to help people who have different abilities and chronic pain/illness find work. She also had a lead on a new medication she was trying, which is very heartening, too. Although – my loved one and I have a theory as to the cause of all of her pain and are working on natural ways to reverse her intense sensory overload. Now, on to how this relates to Foothold NW:

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who are living with physical or mental disabilities become employed.  You may be eligible if your physical or mental disability interferes with your ability to become employed or find a job.

This is especially important for parents and students in high school to know, as there is a program called School to Work Transition.

The School to Work Transition Program helps students with disabilities train for a job, continue their education, or find a job after high school.

Check out more at http://www.rehabworks.org – it’s a Florida non-profit but the program is federal so it’s a good place to start.

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