DES proudly recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October and offers several programs to assist job seekers with disabilities.
The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program supports job seekers with disabilities in reaching their employment goals. Job seekers with mental (including mental illness and learning disabilities) or physical impairments may qualify for VR assistance. To learn more about the VR services available to job seekers though, please visit our VR webpage.
The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) supports visually impaired entrepreneurs in the VR program to operate their own merchandising businesses under Federal and State agency management. To learn more about BEP, please visit our BEP webpage.
The Ticket to Work program supports individuals, ages 16-64, who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and want to enter or re-enter the workforce. To learn more about the TTW program, please watch the Meet Ben! video or visit our TTW webpage.
The Transition School to Work program (TSW) is designed to assist students who have disabilities prepare for employment. DES VR counselors collaborate with school social workers to ensure that students are supported before and after graduation. For more information about the TSW program, please watch our TSW overview video or visit our VR webpage.
For more information about programs DES employment services for individuals with disabilities, please visit our Rehabilitation Services Administration webpage.
By Jillian Seamans