Welcome to the Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
She serves residents of Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Scott
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.
Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA)
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
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
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.
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 & Business Technical Assistance Centers
Information, materials, technical assistance and training on
the American Disabilities Act. This includes building
accessible Web pages, accessible technology, and assistive
devices used by people with disabilities.
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
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
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
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
National Council on Disability
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
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the nation's
largest membership organization for persons who are blind.
National Organization on Disability
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
A bilingual website for Latinos with disabilities.
Telecommunications relay service in Iowa that provides full
telephone accessibility to people who are deaf,
hard-of-hearing or speech disabled.
Employment program for people with disabilities who are
interested in going to work.
University of Iowa Law, Health, Policy & Disability
Concentrates on public policy and its impact on persons with
disabilities, with an emphasis on employment,
self-determination and self-sufficiency.
Visual Arts of Iowa
An international nonprofit organization creating a society
where people with disabilities can learn through, participate
in, and enjoy the arts.
Information, resources, and services regarding the employment
of people with disabilities.
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