Categorized In: Case Services - Assessment Services/Planning
Approved Date: March 02, 2023
Owner: Kristi Berst
Vocational Evaluation is a comprehensive assessment process using a combination of interviewing, career planning, behavioral observation, standardized and non-standardized assessment, and simulated work activities individualized to assist with choice of employment goal and plan of VR services.
Vocational evaluation services are to be made available for any client needing to obtain greater self and work knowledge related to their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, labor market information, and advancement opportunities as well as the functional impact of the person's disability.
For Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) eligible students with a disability who have a signed consent and release, activities are limited to exploration rather than assessment, but if a student with a disability has applied and been found eligible (preferably) for VR services, all evaluation services are available.
Evaluation may occur any time in the VR process, providing the applicant is presumed eligible or if the client is in a priority group currently being served.
1. Provide informed choice by discussing various ways information may be gathered and determine with the client if a vocational evaluation may be beneficial in addressing any of the following issues:
2. Complete the following before making a referral for vocational evaluation
3. Complete Vocational Evaluation Referral
For Pre Employment Transition Students with a Disability with or without a VR application, needing more in-depth exploration:
1. Schedule Vocational Evaluation within 15 calendar days of referral. Document reason in task note if timeline cannot be met
2. Review available records and Discovery Booklet or Career Planning Preferences, if applicable, prior to beginning the exploration activities or vocational evaluation and arrange any necessary accommodations
3. Review with client/student why they were referred to Vocational Evaluation and understand their expectation of evaluation
4. Conduct observations of the client, individualized career planning activities, appropriate assessments, and community-based and Progressive Employment activities, if relevant; or proceed with exploration activities for Pre-Employment Transition Services eligible students
*For Pre-Employment Transition Services eligible students with a disability with no VR application, exploration must be within one of the five areas of approved services and cannot include assessment:
(1) job exploration counseling;
(2) work-based learning experiences;
(3) counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs at institutions of higher education;
(4) workplace readiness training to develop social skills and independent living; and,
(5) instruction in self-advocacy, which may include peer mentoring
5. Analyze and review results with client
6. Document Team Services for Career Planning and Vocational Evaluation (PreETS students with a disability with a VR application) or any of the five approved pre-employment transition services was completed
7. Create Vocational Evaluation Report and review results