Vocational Rehabilitation for Limb Loss
During the pre-prosthetic program, patients meet with a vocational counselor to review their work history, including their current job status, and to establish employment goals. The counselor can also provide direct assistance with employer contacts when a patient is planning to return to a job, as well as referrals to the state vocational rehabilitation agency and other service organizations, and can help identify and coordinate other outside resources. During the prosthetic training program, patients can participate in vocational counseling and individualized career development-an ongoing process that involves examining functional limitations, interests, career exploration, academic goals and vocational alternatives. Patients may also participate in a diagnostic vocational evaluation and/or job placement services.
Rusk patients also have access to our extensive Business Advisory Committee and employer network, comprised of over 60 organizations from the corporate, non-profit, government, healthcare, and education sectors. Through this network, job-ready candidates can meet with employers who are prepared to offer interviews and job opportunities as well as internships, labor market information, job-seeking advice and mentoring. Our department of Vocational Rehabilitation has been very successful in assisting clients increase their independence and achieve their employment goals.
For further information on Vocational Rehabilitation Services, please visit the Vocational Rehabilitation Department page.