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Vocational Rehabilitation Public Hearings on Order of Selection – April 24 in Evansville, South Bend, and Indianapolis

Information courtesy of the Arc of Indiana

Under a new proposal, Indiana’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services would implement “Order of Selection” rules to determine who gets vocational rehabilitation (VR) services first. Individuals with the most significant disabilities would be selected to receive VR services first.

What does “individual with a most significant disability” mean? The three criteria includes:

  1. The person must have “a severe physical or mental impairment that seriously limits one or more functional capacities (such as mobility, communication, self-care, self-direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome;”
  2. The person’s VR needs “can be expected to require multiple [VR] services over an extended period of time;” and
  3. The person “has one or more physical or mental disabilities resulting from [a very comprehensive list of enumerated conditions], or another disability or combination of disabilities determined … to cause comparable substantial functional limitation.

You can view the proposed changes here (pdf). If you would like to share your thoughts on the proposed new rules, you can send an email to Kathy.Sodeman@fssa.IN.gov. Comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. (EST), April 25, 2017.

You can also provide feedback at a public hearing.

Public Hearings
Monday, April 24, 2017

Evansville
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST) / 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (CST)
Evansville Vanderburgh Central Public Library
Browning Event Room A
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47713

South Bend
1:30 p.m. to 3:30p.m. (EST)
St. Joseph County Library, Centre Branch
Alligator Conference Room
1150 E. Kern Road
South Bend, IN 46614

Indianapolis
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST)
Indiana Disability Rights
Conference Room
4701 North Keystone Avenue, Suite 222
Indianapolis, IN 46205

An American Sign Language Interpreter will be available at all locations. If you cannot make it to a hearing, there will be a conference call Tuesday, April 25, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT. Call-in Toll Free at 1-877-422-1931, and enter Conference Code 5096611778.

For questions or hearing accommodation requests, email Kathy.Sodeman@fssa.IN.gov at least five business days prior to the public hearing.

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network