If you are eligible for DORS services, your counselor will work with you to help figure out your employment goals and what services you will need to reach these goals.
Services can include:
- Career counseling
- Career assessment
- College or career training
- Work-readiness training
- Assistive technology
- Job placement
- Job coaching
- Other support services
DORS staff will help you figure out your options and the pros and cons of each option to help you make decisions about how best to reach your goals. This is called "Informed Choice" and it is your right under federal law.
Who pays for DORS services?
Most DORS services, such as career guidance and counseling, skills testing and job placement, are provided at no cost to you.
You and your family may be asked to help pay for some services according to a sliding scale based on family income. Your DORS counselor will give you more information about who pays for services and help look for other sources of funding.
Due to funding limitations, DORS can only pay for the least expensive services or goods that will meet your needs. If you decide you want more expensive services or goods that cost more than DORS is allowed to pay, you will need to pay the difference.
If you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI/SSDI), your DORS services will be provided at no cost to you, unless you choose a more costly service than DORS can provide.
There is a separate financial policy for college or university training.
What happens after I find a job?
Your DORS counselor follows up to make sure you are successful on your job.
If you like, DORS can also work with you and your employer to help you to adjust to any changes in the workplace.
When you have been at work successfully for 90 days, DORS will close your case.
If you think that you might need some things after your case has been closed, you can contact your DORS counselor to see what we can do. These are called "post-employment services."
If there is any change in your disability or your job, and you think you need DORS services again, you may re-apply.