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National Disability Employment Awareness Month


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FROM:           Tennessee Division Rehabilitation Services Leadership Team

RE:                 Priority Category 2


Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.


It was with great enthusiasm that the TDRS Leadership announces the opening of Priority 2 for all consumers that have been deemed eligible for vocational rehabilitation services.


In the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Priority Category 2 is defined as those individuals who have significant disabilities.  This category includes those individuals who are presumed eligible for services due to the fact that they are SSI/SSDI recipients.  The other criteria for this category is the individual have limitations in one or more functional capacities, require multiple vocational rehabilitation services, and those services will last over an extended period time.


As of September 30, 2012, over 1900 cases were released from the waiting list and those consumers have been notified of the next steps needed to begin working on their individualized plan for employment. 


The opening of this priority category will allow TDRS to provide more employment services and increased employment outcomes to Tennesseans with disabilities.


For additional information about the Vocational Rehabilitation Services program, click here