How We Help: Services Through DVRS

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) provides a range of individualized services to assist people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, and/or maintain employment consistent with their strengths, priorities, needs, abilities, and capabilities.

CAU is an approved DVRS vendor and can provide the following services that are available to any individual based on their need and eligibility to receive DVRS services:

Vocational Assessments

Individuals receiving vocational assessments participate in a community based assessment that assesses vocational skill levels to determine the level of support needs and type of employment a member might be interested in.

Career Planning

Members participating in career planning will receive assistance in identifying a career direction and developing a plan for achieving competitive, integrated employment at or above the minimum wage.

Career Planning is also offered to individuals receiving employment services through the Supports Program of DDD. Click here for more information.

Pre-Vocational Training

Individuals receiving pre-vocational training have access to services that provide learning and work experiences that help develop a general, non-job-task-specific strength and skill. This includes training in:

  • Communication
  • Generally accepted community workplace conduct and dress
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to attend to tasks
  • Problem solving skills and strategies
  • General workplace safety and mobility training
  • Interview skills
  • Resume building

Prevocational training is also offered to individuals receiving employment services through the Supports Program of DDD. Click here for more information.

Job Coaching and Training

Once paired with a job coach, individuals in this program receive one-on-one support that can provide the following:

  • On-site job training
  • Job specific task breakdowns
  • Identification of natural supports and encouragement of mentorship on the job site
  • Identification of any other support that might be needed to stay on task and maintain appropriate professional conduct

Long-Term Follow Along Supports

Long-term follow along supports are on-going employment supports that assist the individual in maintain employment, advanced training needs, employment stability and job retention. Members receiving follow along supports will have bi-monthly scheduled visits from their job coach.

Individuals who have been directed to services supported through DDD will have the ability to build a support plan that works best from them from employment services. For more information, visit pages on the individual services including Day Habilitation, Career Planning, Prevocational TrainingSmall Group & Individual Supported Employment and the Academy for Continuing Education.

For more information, please contact Fredia McKinnie, Assistant Executive Director of Employment Services at 908-354-3040 x4645 or