Pathways to Work
DRC helps people get the services they need to work. We help people get Department of Rehabilitation services. We also help people receiving Social Security benefits overcome barriers to working. To learn more about our work in this area, read on.
The Pathways to Work Practice Group provides advocacy services to people experiencing disability-related barriers to employment. Through the Client Assistance Program (CAP), we assist people with difficulties seeking or receiving vocational rehabilitation services from the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), independent living centers or other Rehabilitation Act funded programs. We also assist people with disabilities who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in addressing barriers in work, such as reasonable accommodations and transportation. We do not handle failure to hire or termination cases.
In partnership with other DRC Practice Groups, our staff also assists individuals with disabilities to obtain meaningful work at a competitive wage.
Marianna, a university student, had been unable to obtain the accommodations she needed, including a note taker for her class, working elevators, and a table in each classroom to accommodate her wheelchair. She contacted DRC for assistance.
Ava is a person with a mental health disability who is a client of the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). She has an employment goal of becoming a human services worker, and is in the process of completing her college degree. Due to her disability, she requires an individually trained service dog that performs tasks to prevent her anxiety symptoms from causing her emotional distress during stressful situations.