An introduction to DRS
This is the essential introduction to the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, describing the DRS mission of vocational rehabilitation and outlining how that mission is fulfilled for thousands of West Virginians every year.
Transition from school to work
Students who have significant limitations with physical activities, learning, driving, seeing, hearing, or coping with stress may be eligible for transition assistance. This fact sheet explains how DRS can help students find their own best path from the familiar school environment to the world of gainful employment.
Community Rehabilitation Programs
Many DRS services are coordinated through privately operated community rehabilitation programs near you, working with DRS counselors and consumers to integrate workers with disabilities into the local workforce. This fact sheet explains how that works.
Sensory Impairment Programs
On a single page, in large print, this document offers contact information throughout the state for counselors who specialize in services for clients who are blind, deaf, visually impaired or hearing impaired.
The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services can provide expert assistance to businesses and employers in the areas of staffing, education, employee retention, accommodations and ensuring accessibility to goods and services.
Employer Resource Guide
Building Bridges in the Workforce is an invaluable resource for employers who seek highly reliable and qualified job candidates. Hiring people with disabilities increases employee retention, creates value for customers and prepares employers to deal with the disabilities associated with an aging workforce. Also available for download are a large print version of Building Bridges in the Workforce and (linked below) a separate mp3 audio file for each section of the resource guide:
Building Bridges in the Workforce (audio version)
- Training Programs and Incentives for Hiring People with Disabilities
- Financial Incentives
- Accessibility Assessments
- Accomodating People with Disabilities
- People are People
- Basic Disability Etiquette
- Attitudinal Barriers
- The Americans with Disabilities Act
- Complying with The ADA
- Hiring and The ADA
Other Services & Supports
- Visually Impaired Seniors In-home Outreach and Networking Services — aim to help senior citizens remain active and independent while coping with vision impairment or vision loss.
Annual Report, Fiscal Year 2018
Resources for Children
People First Activity Book
Produced by the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council with financial support from the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, this People First Activity Book for Young Children is designed for you and your children to do together as an individual or classroom activity. We encourage you to discuss each example with your child or class to help them better understand the concepts presented.