Vocational Rehabilitation helps eligible individuals with disabilities to achieve their employment goals.
Do you need help finding available employment opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Are you interested in preparing now for future employment?
Has your employer asked you to work from home and you need some support to successfully perform your job duties?
Call your local VR office to apply for services and discuss your employment needs.
VR can also provide help with the following:
Exploring your employment interests and skills
Helping you to find your first job
Providing assistive technology or other services to help you keep your job
Re-entering employment in the same or different type of employment
Providing services necessary for career advancement
Please stay in contact with your VR Counselor to determine how we can best meet your employment needs. We also encourage individuals with disabilities to apply for VR services by contacting their local office.
The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services is actively working to develop and share ongoing guidance to assist in the delivery of services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please click here for the most up to date information regarding VR services.
Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI), founded by The Arc of Indiana Foundation, is the first of its kind postsecondary vocational training program in the country. Opened in 2016, EGTI provides training in hospitality, food service, healthcare, and inventory distribution.
Project SEARCH is a worksite-based school-to-work program that provides employment and education opportunities for students with disabilities transitioning from high school. The program benefits employers by increasing workforce diversity and reducing recruitment and training costs. Many employers experience improved job retention, enhanced community image and increased customer satisfaction.
Sycamore Services-Indiana Government Center (Adult Program 18-24+)
Lawrence Township-Easter Seals Crossroads-Community North Hospital
IPS-Easter Seals Crossroads-Community East Hospital
South Bend Community Schools-Adec-South Bend Memorial
Warrick School Corporation-SIRS-Deaconess Hospital
Gibson County Schools-New Frontiers Employment-Gibson General Hospital
Bloomington Stone Belt-Cook Inc.-Ivy Tech (Adult Program 18-24+)
College students with autism who are enrolled at any of five university and college campuses in Indiana may be eligible to participate in a paid internship through Indiana InternXperience.
This grant-funded program is administrered by Easterseals Crossroads and provides hands-on experience to students within their chosen field of study. Prospective interns meet with an Indiana InternXperience coordinator to set goals and determine strengths, interests, and preferences for a "good fit" internship. Business placements are determined by the student's field of interest, location, and goals. All students must be enrolled in a participating Indiana college.
For more information, contact Suzanne McVey, 317-466-1000, or email Easterseals Crossroads.
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Summer Internships
AAPD is a national disability advocacy organization. Through its summer internship program in Washington, D.C., AAPD places college students with federal agencies, Congressional offices, and not-for-profit and for-profit businesses. Internships are designed to increase leadership skills and advocacy awareness.
Interns accepted into the program are matched with career mentors and receive a living stipend, transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and accessible housing.
For more information about requirements, application deadlines, and this year's schedule, go to the AAPD Summer Internship Program webpage.
(all descriptions are taken from the organizations' websites)