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Did You Know Dozen: Tip #2 VR and Advanced Degrees

Accessibility, Client Assistance Program & Vocational Rehabilitation

Did you know that you may be entitled to obtain an advanced degree with VR’s assistance?

All services delivered by VR are meant to help people achieve their employment goal.  If reaching your employment goal requires an advanced degree, such as becoming a lawyer, pharmacist, or veterinarian, then your Individualized Plan for Employment should include educational assistance for the advance degree. Two good sources to find out if your employment goal requires an advance degree are O*net and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

For example, Enrique wishes to become a physical therapist and is otherwise able to reach his goal. Generally, it is better for Enrique to include his ultimate employment goal at the beginning of his case and in his Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) because it will likely be more difficult to get VR to approve an amended plan after they have paid for one degree.

If you have a dispute with VR about whether VR will support you in achieving an advanced degree, you may call DRAZ and do an intake form.

Source for Today’s Tip: 34 CFR §361.48 (b)(6).

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