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Michael counsels a student about career choices.

Michael, who once sought assistance from DRS, now works as a school counselor providing similar assistance to students.

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) helps people with disabilities establish and reach their vocational goals. The primary goal for all DRS clients is to become productive working citizens.

Economic impact in West Virginia

During the last fiscal year, DRS provided vocational rehabilitation services to 14,554 West Virginia citizens. DRS helped 2,589 clients obtain employment in this fiscal year. When these individuals came to DRS, their average annual earnings totaled $31,891,652. After receiving vocational rehabilitation services, their total average earnings rose to $62,965,812. This amounts to a 100 percent increase in the total average earned income of these hard-working West Virginians.

Earnings increased 100 percent on average after FY2014 VR assistance
Earnings at application before$31,891,652
Earnings after rehabilitation after$62,965,812

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