Art exhibit features diverse perspectives throughout October

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services has sponsored an art exhibit featuring 47 West Virginia artists. The 2014 Diversifying Perspectives Art Contest and Exhibition opened Sept. 16 in the Balcony Gallery of the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston ... MORE

Get ready to work!

Michael counsels a high school student about finding a job.

Michael, who once sought vocational rehabilitation for help with his own job search, now counsels students in a public school.

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) helps people with disabilities establish and reach their vocational goals. The primary goal for all DRS clients is to become productive working citizens.

Economic impact in West Virginia

During the last fiscal year, DRS provided vocational rehabilitation services to 16,826 West Virginia citizens. DRS helped 3,831 clients obtain employment in this fiscal year. When these individuals came to DRS, their average annual earnings totaled $65,982,020. After receiving vocational rehabilitation services, their total average earnings rose to $98,711,028. This amounts to a 50 percent increase in the total average earned income of these hard-working West Virginians.

Earnings increased 50 percent on average after FY2013 VR assistance
Earnings at application $65,982,020
Earnings after rehabilitation $98,711,028