Every week Disability Living features a financial program that is beneficial for people with disabilities. This week we are spotlighting the Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program (DVRP). The DVRP is a resource of the Canadian government.
The Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program exists for the benefit of those who are recipients of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits. Need more information about the CPP? Visit http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/sc/cpp/disability/disabilitypension.shtml.
The Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program is designed specifically for CPP disability benefit recipients who desire to return to work.
Can people who receive disability benefits ever return to work?
In some cases, yes. Numerous people mistakenly think that because they are receiving disability benefits, they can never return to their job. This is not the case. Why? Because “today, new technology, medical treatments, and skills training are making it possible for some people with severe disabilities to become part of and remain in the work force.”
The Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program makes it possible for these people to go back to work.
Do you want to go back to work? Does your doctor think you can handle a rehabilitation program that is geared toward employment?
If so, you might benefit from the Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
What are some aspects of the Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program?
The DVRP has several components. They include:
“Guidance” – Eligible people will have the chance to “receive one-on-one guidance,” assess their goals, job skills, and education, and learn about the job market. A “rehabilitation specialist” will assist people in discovering the job skills they need.
“Planning a Return-to-Work” – This component requires the involvement of four key people: the person receiving the rehabilitation, his or her doctor, a CPP case manager, and a vocational rehabilitation specialist. Together these people will form a team. The team will devise a “Return-to-Work” rehabilitation plan to be followed by the person being benefitted by the DVRP.
“Improve Skills/Retraining” – “If participants need to improve their skills, upgrade their education, or retrain to secure a job, the Canada Pension Plan may cover the costs.”
“Developing Job Search Skills” - The person returning to work will not have to secure employment alone — a rehabilitation specialist will assist him or her every step of the way.
Are you interested in the Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Program? Here is the next step you need to take in pursuing more information.
The next step is simple: call 1-800-277-9914 (TTY: 1-800-255-4786). You never know what opportunities may result from your making this call.
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Let’s Talk About It
To our readers who receive disability benefits from the government:
Do you have a desire to return to the workforce? Do you think you could go back to work if you truly wanted to?
What are the pros of someone with a disability returning to work? What are the cons?