The Department of Rehabilitation Services is the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program. It encompasses three formerly separate entities: the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.
DORS provides a wide range of services to individuals with disabilities who need assistance in maintaining or achieving their full potential for self-direction, self-reliance and independent living. DORS primarily serves individuals with disabilities.
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services includes:
BRS provides vocational rehabilitation services to assist Connecticut residents with significant disabilities to find and keep employment. DORS helps to finance modifications necessary for those who are eligible to participate in daily employment. A general rule is that in order for DORS to provide a service, it must be required in order for the individual to succeed in achieving employment goals. In addition, the service must be unavailable through other resources. As part of a person’s Employment Plan, DORS services may include:
Evaluations to determine eligibility and vocational needs
Counseling, guidance and information about career and employment decisions
Referrals to other service providers
Job placement services
Physical and mental restoration services
Personal assistance services
Interpreter or reader services
Occupational licenses, tools, equipment and initial stocks and supplies
Self-employment services such as technical assistance and consultation for starting a small business
Transition planning from school to work
Job coaching and supported employment
Services to families
Modifications to your home or small business for meeting the functional needs of employment. DORS is involved only in cases where the employer is not required to provide the modifications under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the modifications are part of the your Employment Plan.
Vehicle modification in order to help enter or maintain employment, DORS can help determine: whether or not you can drive, or learn to drive; what kind of modifications are needed so that you can drive or ride safely; what type of vehicle you should purchase; what financial assistance is available for vehicle modifications.
For people living with a disability, Connecticut’s Centers for Independent Living provide easy, single-point access to services and information. These centers offer advocacy, information and referral, peer counseling, skills training, transition services and a range of supportive services.
Designed to help individuals with disabilities of all ages and all disabilities, as well as family members, employers, educators and other professionals by providing access to Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services.
School to Work Transition: DORS Level Up – School to Work
DORS Level Up provides students with tools, training and resources to work competitively and forge a path to independence. By creating partnerships with schools, families and the community, students have access to new possibilities via an IEP or a 504 plan.