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New York State Adult Career Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation Program (ACCES-VR) helps individuals with disabilities to find work. Any individual diagnosed with schizophrenia, who can not work work because of the disability, who would benefit from VR services and lives in New York State is eligible. This program administers vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to individuals with disabilities. There are many benefits, including assessment to identify skills, abilities, interests and limitations, career counseling and guidance, rehabilitation and assistive technology, training at a vocational school, community college or job, supported employment, job placement and retention, and other service necessary to achieve the employment goal. VR will pay for services depending on the income of the family.
To apply for this program, these are the forms you will need:
a signed application (http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/apply_for_services/vr04a.pdf) that includes at minimum, your name, address, date of birth, gender and referral disability
a signed release of information
the VR-21 (http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/apply_for_services/vr21.pdf)for general health impairments and/or
the VR-22 (http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/apply_for_services/vr22.pdf) for substance use disorders and mental health conditions
a completed confidential health assessment form VR-26 (http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/apply_for_services/vr26.pdf)
Learn more about these resources here: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/
Independent Living Centers (ILC) are places for individuals of all ages diagnosed with schizophrenia. They provide core services, including Peer Counseling, Independent Living Skills Training, Information and Referral Services, and Individual and System Advocacy. They are governed by a majority of people with disabilities and staffed primarily by people with disabilities. These are resource centers, and do not operate anywhere for individuals to live.
Learn more about ILC here: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/lsn/ilc/about.htm