In 2020, the Rehabilitation Council of Texas (RCT) and Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services planned to host a series of Town Hall meetings throughout Texas to hear more about the challenges facing Texans with disabilities who are seeking employment. Due to the current health concerns around the COVID-19 virus, these meetings have been changed to "virtual meetings" that will be conducted through webinars in April 2020. The RCT is also offering a chance for input through this survey - the questions below are the questions that would have been asked during the face-to-face meetings. If you do not wish to provide feedback through a webinar, please consider completing this survey - your input will help shape the future of vocational rehabilitation services provided by the State of Texas.

Please check the Rehabilitation Council of Texas information page on the Texas Workforce Commission website for details and dates of the planned webinars.
For this survey, first please consider what you know about VR services.

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* 1. Please describe your experiences with the VR agency and counselors.

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* 2. How knowledgeable are VR staff about local jobs and the economy?

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* 3. How knowledgeable are VR staff about government benefits for people with disabilities and other government programs?

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* 4. How are VR customers involved in choosing providers of VR services?

Now, please think about the employment-related needs for people with disabilities. We want to focus on several specific populations in particular.

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* 5. What are the employment-related needs of people who are blind or have visual disabilities? Please offer suggestions on how the VR program can improve the way it helps meet these needs.

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* 6. What are the employment-related needs of people with neurodevelopmental disabilities (including autism, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities)? Please offer suggestions on how the VR program can improve the way it helps meet these needs.

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* 7. What are the employment-related needs of people with mental health conditions or substance abuse? Please offer suggestions on how the VR program can improve the way it helps meet these needs.

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* 8. What are the employment-related needs of disabled veterans? Please offer suggestions on how the VR program can improve the way it helps meet these needs.

Next, please consider community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). CRPs are government programs, nonprofits, and other providers of VR services. Some examples include schools, doctors, and job coaches.

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* 9. Please describe your experiences working with community rehabilitation programs.

Lastly, consider the possible gaps in VR services and challenges in receiving services.

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* 10. What people or needs might have been overlooked?

The members of the Rehabilitation Council of Texas thank you for your insights!

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