What is LRS?

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) is a state agency that helps people with disabilities reach their job goals.


Image showing services provided by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. LRS: Louisiana Rehabilitation Services: Helps people with disabilities to liveand work in their communities, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services: Job training, placement and support, The Independent Living Program: Life skills and personal support, and Blind Services: Extra employment and living support.


When do I apply?

  • The end of junior year in high school.

  • You can apply anytime after that, but it's better not to wait. There may be a waitlist.

How do I apply?

  • Ask your guidance counselor or IEP team. Give the team permission to connect you.

  • Or find your local LRS office and call them directly.  They will tell you how to apply.

  • Click on this link for a list of local regional offices.  (It will open in a new tab on your screen)

What to expect:

  • They will assign a vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselor to work with your child.

  • You will all meet to talk about your child's needs and abilities.

  • They will do an evaluation to see if your child qualifies and what services they might need.

  • Together, you will decide on services and make a plan to help your child prepare for getting a job.

  • They may have a waitlist! It will depend on your child' needs and the state budget.

What kinds of services do they offer?

  • Medical exams (physical, psychological, or others)

  • Evaluation of interests, skills, and abilities for future work

  • Career Counseling

  • Mental health counseling, speech therapy, physical therapy, etc.

  • Training through special programs, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, etc.

  • Equipment or devices that they need in order to work (wheelchairs, prosthesis, glasses, communication devices, etc.)

  • Help with adaptations (changes) at the job site (changing lighting, adapting a telephone, a computer, or a tool, etc.)

  • Job Placement

  • Follow up after employment to ensure job success

Contact LRS:

 

Source: LRS, Louisiana Workforce Commission

 

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