Once you are eligible and ready to receive Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services, you and your counselor will develop your Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).  This plan will outline and explain your employment goal. It also describes the services you will need to reach your goal.

Important reminders about your plan:

  • You and your counselor must both agree to the plan and sign it in order for it to be effective.
  • Your employment goal and IPE can be changed or modified with the approval of both you and your counselor.
  • Your plan will be reviewed once a year. At that time, you and your counselor will create a new plan. The new plan may be exactly the same as the old plan. Once complete, the new plan is signed and put into effect for another year. Job candidates may have the plan modified at any point.

Both parties (the job candidate and the counselor) will discuss the plan in detail and make sure they are both in agreement about its progress. If you choose to obtain an advocate outside of VR, you have three options:

  • Client Assistance Program (CAP),
  • Disability Rights Iowa (DRI)
  • Another person you identify.

Your counselor can give you more information on these options. The following links include a preview of what to expert with services and programs, along with resources that will help you on your employment journey.

Resources for You