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Input sought from clients, families, public for vocational rehabilitation plan

The N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR), which provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement and other support services to people with physical, psychiatric and intellectual disabilities, is seeking public input through a series of meetings to help update the state plan for delivery of its services. The plan, updated annually, will become effective Oct. 1.

The public meetings are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations on the dates indicated:

  • Lumberton, May 5, Robeson Community College, SBC Workforce Development Center, Building 18, BB&T Conference Room, 5160 Fayetteville Rd., Lumberton, N.C. 28358; phone (910) 272-3631
  • Washington, May 6, Beaufort County Community College, Allied Health Nursing Building (Bldg. 12), Room 1204, 5337 HWY 264 East, Washington, N.C. 27889; phone (252) 946-6194
  • Hickory, May 12, Catawba Valley Community College, East Campus, Room 975, 2760 Hwy. 70 SE, Hickory, N.C. 28602-8304; phone (828) 327-7000
  • Albemarle, May 13, Stanly Co. Library,133 East Main St., Albemarle, N.C. 28001; phone (704) 986-3755
  • Durham, May 20, Durham Co. Library, 300 North Roxboro St., Durham, N.C. 27701; phone (919) 560-0163

In addition to the general public, those who may find the meetings of interest are people who receive VR services and their families, those who work in human services programs, advocates for people with disabilities and potential employers of people with disabilities.

Discussion topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategies to improve outreach to underserved populations and disability groups
  • Priorities that individuals with disabilities would like the public VR program to address
  • Eliminating barriers to participation by individuals with disabilities in the VR program and the state’s supported-employment program
  • The responsiveness of VR services to its consumers
  • Improving VR services to highschool students with disabilities

Attendees may register to speak upon arrival at the meetings or in advance by calling Alma Atkinson at (919) 855-3530. Speakers are encouraged to bring a written copy of their comments. People who are unable to attend one of the meetings may provide input by sending written comments by May 25 to Jeff Stevens, 2801 Mail Service Center; Raleigh, NC 27699-2801.

Comments may also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxed to: State Plan Comments at (919)715-1050. The current state plan is available at  http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dvrs/stateplan.htm .

The scheduled meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities. Sign-language interpreters will be present. If you plan to attend and need other accommodations, please contact Ms. Alma Atkinson at (919) 855-3530 by April 24. For additional information, contact Jeff Stevens at (919) 855-3531 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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