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Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services

IPAS > Priorities > Employment Employment

Employment— Historically, individuals with disabilities have experienced a higher rate of unemployment or underemployment, which represents a significant barrier to achieving the level of independence and productivity that many people with disabilities wish to attain.

Following are objectives that IPAS staff will work to complete in order to increase the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to attain full employment:

Assure that eligible individuals receive appropriate Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and services through Centers for Independent Living (CIL).

Assure that Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Centers for Independent Living applicants and clients have the opportunity to make informed choices and fully participate throughout the VRS and independent living process.

Assure that VRS continues to provide services as mandated per the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as Amended.

Provide assistance to Social Security beneficiaries to secure or restore employment and support services from employment networks.

Review complaints of improper or inadequate services provided to a beneficiary by a service provider, employer or other entity involved in the beneficiary’s return to work effort.

Conduct reviews of representative payee entities and the Social Security beneficiaries they serve, to ensure payees are performing their payee duties satisfactorily and to protect beneficiaries from misuse of funds.