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Welcome to the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS). Our mission is to work for and with individuals with disabilities to achieve their employment, independence, and economic goals. Economic independence and more and better jobs are what we are about for Iowans with disabilities.  Region 9 (IVRS) serves Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Counties, with the main office located inside the Iowa Workforce Development Center in Davenport.  Click here to visit the state IVRS website.

 

Ship WheelIowa Workforce Development, on behalf of a collaborative partnership with state agencies, received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration to create new positions for Iowa's Workforce Development Centers called "Disability Program Navigators."

Elizabeth Cox is the navigator for Region 9, and has an office in the Davenport Workforce Development Center, 902 W. Kimberly Rd. Elizabeth's job is to facilitate access to employment and services for East Central Iowa job seekers who have disabilities. Elizabeth can be reached at (563) 445-3246, or by e-mail at elizabeth.cox@iwd.state.ia.us. She serves residents of Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Scott counties.

Iowans with disabilities have an unemployment rate that exceeds 50% but most would prefer to be pursuing a career. Disability program navigators will not duplicate services offered by agencies supporting local workforce services, but support job seekers with information and connection with service programs that will provide career enhancement.  Below are some helpful links and information to assist you on your path to success.

Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA)  http://www.socialsecurity.gov/redbook/eng/main.htm
Authorized by the Social Security Administration (SSA), projects called Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) was created to assist all SSA beneficiaries with disabilities (including transition-to-work aged youth).


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
http://www.cms.hhs.gov
The federal agency responsible for programs that include Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), HIPAA, and CLIA..


Center for Personal Assistance Services
http://www.pascenter.org
Provides research, training, dissemination and technical assistance on issues of personal assistance services (PAS). Personal assistance services (PAS) refer to help provided to people with disabilities to assist them with tasks essential for daily living.


Disability 101
http://www.disabilitybenefits101.org
Helps workers, job seekers, and service providers understand the connections between work and benefits. DB101 brings together rules for health coverage, benefit and employment programs that people with disabilities use.


Disability Resources
http://www.disabilityresources.org/index.html
They disseminate information about written materials, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines and online services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently.


Iowa Department for the Blind
http://www.blind.state.ia.us
Offering specialized, integrated services that blind and severely visually impaired Iowans need to live independently and work competitively.


Iowa Department for Human Rights – Division of Persons with Disabilities
http://www.state.ia.us/government/dhr/pd/
An agency located within the Department of Human Rights. The commission is appointed to equalize opportunities for full participation in employment and other areas of the state's economic, educational, social and political life for Iowans with disabilities.

Job Accommodations Network
http://www.jan.wvu.edu
A free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability-related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.

National Council on Disability
http://www.ncd.gov
An independent federal agency that promotes policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.


National Federation for the Blind
http://www.nfb.org
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation's largest membership organization for persons who are blind.


National Organization on Disability
http://www.nod.org
The National Organization on Disability's (N.O.D.) mission is to expand the participation and contribution of Americans with disabilities by raising disability awareness through programs and information.


Proyecto Vision
http://www.proyectovision.net
A bilingual website for Latinos with disabilities.


Relay Iowa
http://www.relayiowa.com
Telecommunications relay service in Iowa that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech disabled.

Ticket-to-Work
http://www.yourtickettowork.com
Employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work.


Visual Arts of Iowa
http://www.vsarts.org
An international nonprofit organization creating a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts.


Worksupport
http://www.worksupport.com
Information, resources, and services regarding the employment of people with disabilities.

 

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