Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation

We work with individuals who have certain barriers, such as a physical or mental disability (including alcoholism and substance abuse), to help them become more self-sufficient and find adequate employment. 

What are Vocational Rehabilitation Services?

Vocational rehabilitation is a process which enables persons with functional, psychological, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities, impairments or health disabilities to overcome barriers to obtain or maintain employment through counseling and guidance, training, job placement, and services to support job retention. Vocational rehabilitation services include but is not limited to:

  • Medical and Psychological Assessments
  • Vocational Evaluation and Planning
  • Career Counseling and Guidance
  • Work Experience while in High School
  • Training and Education after High School
  • Job-Site Assessment and Accommodations
  • Job Placement
  • Job Coaching
  • On-the-Job Training
  • Supported Employment
  • Assistive Technology and Devices

Adult Services Success Stories

Adult Services Success Stories

Holly’s disabilities are not obvious.  As a baby, she suffered a traumatic brain injury and almost died. Her daily struggles with forgetfulness, anxiety, change, and self-doubt are not obvious just by looking at her. As a result, she needs a lot of support.

Job coaching provided Holly with exactly what she needed to become self-sufficient.

She learned valuable skills that helped her obtain a job.  Our ongoing support allows her employer to understand the special skill set needed to best work with Holly.

Her employer grew to understand that Holly can be forgetful, she doubts herself easily, becomes overwhelmed, has panic attacks, does not handle change well, needs extra time to learn, and she needs a lot of reassurance. Sometimes she has a bad attitude and does not even realize it. What some see as a challenge, we view as an opportunity.  We work with Holly and her employer to remove barriers that prevent progress and positive change. 

Holly has successfully maintained employment at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center for the past several months.


By spring 2021, our Vocational Rehabilitation services will impact communities in a total of five regions covering two states (Louisiana and Texas).

Who We Serve?

Our largest vocational rehabilitation client is Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS).  Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) assists people with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities.  This is achieved by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources.  Opportunity Now is a Community Resource Provider (CRP).

Under LRS, Opportunity Now works with individuals who have certain barriers such as a physical or mental disability (including alcoholism and substance abuse) to help them become self-sufficient and find adequate employment.  Our job is to advocate on their behalf.  Opportunity Now understands that each person is not limited by their disability, nor their classification.

No two people are alike, and the same strategy does not work for everyone. It is not our job to “fix” them, but to meet them where they are and help prepare them for where they are trying to go!

The Service We Provide

Opportunity Now provides services which include, but are not limited to, intensive case management, support, comprehensive training, career exploration, job placement, on the job coaching, and extended follow along services through our LRS Vocational Rehabilitation program category. 

Our primary methods of delivering these services are:

LRS is still the largest Vocational Rehabilitation client that Adult Services provide service to.

REGIONS THAT WE PROVIDE GENERAL V.R. SERVICES IN:

  • Region 1 (Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and St. Tammany Parishes)
  • Region 3 (Assumption, Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes)
  • Region 8 (Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, West Carroll Parishes)

REGIONS THAT WE WILL BE PROVIDING GENERAL V.R. SERVICES TO BY SPRING 2021:

Louisiana:

  • Region 2 (Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana)
  • Region 4: (Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion)
  • Region 5: (Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis)

Texas:

  • Region 3 (Harris County)
  • Region 4 (Harden, Jefferson and Orange Counties)

Currently Providing Job Placement Services to: 62 Consumers

  • NOLA/R.P. Region – 44 Consumers
  • HOUMA Region – 14 Consumers
  • MONROE Region – 4 Consumers