LBISD-DeptOfRehab 5-26-17

Friday, May 26th


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Good morning and welcome to another edition of living veteran San Diego a public service presentation of theater count San Diego radio stations on Gary late. The San Diego district of the California department of rehabilitation serves people with disabilities. In all of San Diego County the department is an integral and invaluable partner with other agencies in the area. That are committed to increasing employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities. Joining us this morning as California department of rehabilitation San Diego district senior vocational rehabilitation counselor keep church and talk welcome Heath. Thank you Gary pleasure to be here thank you for having me Keith you are with the California department of rehabilitation. We do get into the programs and services that you offer. At the end department of rehabilitation but before we do that happened a little background information for paid on the. Urban rehabilitation is the California State Department rehabilitation state agencies found around the state of California. We provide services to people who have a mental or physical disability. And that we can prepare and secure. Retain and regain employment. And they have to be able to benefit from the services that we provide. This agency is found in and all of the major cities in California we have six offices here in San Diego. And where did that he offices located here in San Diego County. The main offices are addition competition on and semi five Tony five metropolitan drive San Diego and trying to wanna wait that's in. In the state building off of metropolitan drive and mission center road. Grabbed the east county office in La Mesa we have the Chula Vista office. At the San Marcos office. And and it all these different out offices. They all offer the same services just say do and we happens you know spread out here in the north and south counties so that we can. Served those people within certain zip code areas so that. The offices in near them should you be in national city near Escondido would have been so what is the end emission benefit the California department of rehabilitation. The mission is basically tooth serve all the citizens who have mental or physical. Disability. Who want to return to work or retain the job they previously battery gain in job. Or they need to be assisted him preparing for a job. And if they are. Able to follow through and can gain from the services that we provide. Then we can assist them and they're eligible for our services. On the service to carefree. We basically work with important thing is well to. Help our consumers. Becoming toyed mine. Reaching out to the employers to provide. The necessary training. Combinations equipment. Whatever they may need to be able to go to work. Okay we're gonna have again get into that a little bit more in detail on just a few minutes how long have you. Been with the other department of rehabilitation. I've been with the department for. 24 plus years that the counselor. Proprietor of that I would climb back in 1975. And the senate and with the department of rehabilitation. For 42 years. And Elena San Diego. I've been in San Diego for. The whole time for two years when I went back to school. So we're we're confident forty years. Now you we're not born blind right now I I was wrong I'll explain I have what's called recognized in Towson. I'm legally blind. And I have only have right now it's like perception and I also have a hearing can I Wear two hearing aids. So I was born and intrigue born with RT I wish wish to syndrome is what it's called. And my first disability going out was. Hard of hearing I didn't have here need back in the fifties and so forth my mom parity in the warm and I refuse to warm and London kids you know. Rejecting commitments out of the ordinary and a and then I read lips. And I'm an all through school nuclear non graduated from Kroll PH network and here and it wasn't done after I graduated that I realized I needed to word goes. The vision parred didn't kicking and as far division Los until much later in life. And that starts now with day and night blindness. And then when you've noticed that ten year peripheral vision starts to closing in on you. And what happened you have what they call it don't it invasion to all you siege went in sinner but don't this year field of vision. Everything on the outside he's. And so eventually Hoosier I sank to the point that. You are not able to see anything visually or cutie. But you do have maybe like in my case like perception. And it's I left my eyesight basically back in the year 2000. I'm been legally blind without eyesight for the past seventeen years. Now is the hearing loss and the eyesight. Loss tied together the latest together with our Shuster syndrome they are tied together. The thing is that the genetic defects might he used to be pretty rare but it's you know it's it's. I won't say it's common but it's it's but for people that have mark. Read the other day at California department of rehabilitation. Is the largest vocational. Rehabilitation program in the country is a true. That's correct. In the state of California especially because of nature of the population. So we have a lot more offices. And and consequently we receive more money than some of the other states in terms of providing services. Media people who have disabilities. And again the department of rehabilitation. Works with all disabilities. Physical and mental. Yes there audits abilities that are an impediment to employment. And how does somebody take advantage of the services which were gonna talk about just few minutes they just call you up to have to be referred to you how how does that work. They're the number voyage most people usually hear about it. From another agency can be Social Security can be state disability insurance could be. Social workers to compete doctors can be any number of individuals that are agencies and people here in San Diego. And what they do is the first step is to caller mr. commune and and make an appointment to. Be involved in an orientation. And an orientation is. Usually about a half hour in which the services and the power services are provided and who's eligible. The consumer. Watch the video and then there will be given paperwork. Which is usually. Health questionnaire. Informing question there and application. Of voter registration form. And aid. And their paper that Kosovo there. You know their Anders remain and so forth their birth date and Social Security number one non. Went to fill that out they turn them in and they will be assigned to a counselor. They'll come back and meet with the counselor. To discuss services the counters job. He should determine eligibility based on their disability. And reduce debt through acquiring medical records. War sending them to doctors with department rehab her own panel. And a determined the severity or limitations of their disability in a report. These services are free. The best the first step domestic beginning of the process. And an effort that once a person is determined eligible based on their medical records. And we. Do assessment to determine a vocational goal everyone's different. Each one is individual. What we do we assessing individual strengthen. Performances. It's history of work and so forth. To ascertain what vocational goal that they can go in true. Nothing that Contra indicated compared present disability we will not put people back into the saint John McCain from. And so we determine the a plan and called the individual plan for achievement. And what this is his contract between the consumer and counselor. Which outlined how we are going to get them the job and this is probably through any number of means that counselor and client agreed to. If you want I could enumerate them and ways tests done sure that the clients coming and they they're tempered job they don't have a DOD have a previous work history. They may already have education and background. Hey they what they needed assistance in acquiring a job. That's when our employment coordinators who work with us and each office. We'll assist the client with. Job applications leads. Rose and days. Mock interviews. They're talking about dress. Clothing that they need interview closing an account for purchasing for the Cologne. Cash for patient needs. They discussed the if they need in the sixty technology area combinations. And we do anything at all to assist the client. What the consumer. To get a job with an employer. There's also other incentives. For the employer that we liked porn now. There's several we have the work opportunity tax credit which give it to employer discount on the wages paid. We also have the OJT which used the on the job training and and also. Pay EC employers to. To hire the potential client consumer. To work and we pay either wages you do about half of it. And that way the employer and department. And they're able to. Give the employer an incentive to triumph that individual in that particular count. Now on a person comes to us to Europe department. And they're interested in your services. What do they need to bring with them to have to verify their disability do they need something from the doctor. That's a good question. It in the beginning in the in the orientation they do not. The only time they're required to provide any documentation should they have any at home and some people do have medical records they keep. David bring meant at the first meeting with the counselor when they do this person take interviewed. The counters going to do an hour hour and a half interview. Or intake and you know the information. About the individual. That we can use to be able to determine AM vocational objective. Or the counselor will say okay and we we're we're gonna send you for an assessment or psychological. He valor training or not trained by an assessment. To determine what kind of a job would be best suited for years. So now they don't bring that any paperwork at the first you know orientation you know bring anything but yourself. This at the intake you do bring whatever medical record can mayhem if not. Will acquire by getting me out a release from the consumer. Who will then sign a release form and we will obtain the medical records from the doctor records. If that doesn't work or they don't. Have a medical doctor they haven't and won a long time. And we will send them to one of our doctors to determine the the disability. And I can be an internist who could be. Practitioners. And in general practitioner or. Or whatever the case may be. You mentioned that he started out NS as say a client. One kind of training did you get to move you into this position that you're in now and and what kind of training do the other staff members yet. Well in the beginning my first an hour that client back in 1975. I doubt he graduated from college had a BS degree I'd been working in the food service try to tell people how to captain and the colonels army. And what that is I work for KFC the manager pat Kentucky fried chicken. And so I would I was you know I had employees average working. Vendors determined that and then became legally blind so they're the natural progression for me to go into a program called the business enterprise program for the blind. And what that is is AM. As if he says mandated by the Randolph Sheppard back in 1936. That enabled all blind legally blind people. Are you a citizen. To be able to train and work in food service operations owned them and operate them back in the day used to BO those. Snack bars and in the post Galveston and the poor and tackled. Newspaper and candy I'm no draw when my point people. Throughout the United States and then as time changes you know smoking went out favored you know candy. Newspapers. You know all the fast food and so forth but those went by the wayside but I get out of the program. After fifteen years working here in San Diego. Kept the naval supply sinner yes post office encountered as cafeteria. I didn't left to go back to school. To become a the rehab counselor. Graduated from Fresno state with a master's degree in rehab counseling. And then I returned to San Diego and began my career here. Canada business enterprise program you're talking about does that still. Only in Italy or distance yes. Is still available to open to those who are legally blind US citizens only and and and again only it's only that the food service via these kids estimates are just basically. Either cafeteria operation or what snack bar which means it has some cooking possibly. Sandwiches salads and then there's the drying vending which is strictly just. Dragon you know products that are package. And you mentioned the assistant technology program. Tulsa little bit more about that. Well you secede technologies program. That's kind of a misnomer in a way but we we haven't it's as chief technology program for any and all clients who need training or. Need to learn let's just keep technology. A lot of it is with the blind visually impaired and also with the deaf and hard of hearing. Also the generalist when you say generalist theater. People with disabilities who may need to learn computer skills. We help fund and that's them by agencies and schools here in the San Diego area throughout the state of California. And the department rehab were found that training. And along with that. You know per person. Depending upon their job if they need the equipment or they're going to school we will also hope purchased a computer. The software than turner and all the necessary repealed for that person I have to be able to go to school. Now they yen department of rehabilitation. Quite a few. Services and programs that you offer an and I believe much of what we've been talking about so far falls under the special services division. Yeah. When you say special services division we're we're talking specifically about blind field services which one I'm a part of economic counters specifically for the blind visually impaired. And naming him the hearing and hard of hearing and deaf. Program which has counters that are and specialist in that area. And the third which were all under the same umbrella. The third is to generalists and that's for those who are working with people who might have spinal cord injuries and orthopedic and bringing. Any injuries. Things of that nature. They would be seen by those individuals counselors. You know that would have substance abuse in sight disabilities and so forth so we have accounted for everybody so the wind field services. This is where you're helping those that are blind or visually impaired. Find employment correct we also can help with independently of me training for these people. If they are recently. Lost their eyesight. And we can send them to train. And I'm probably you can center for the blind. Or other training centers throughout California requires skills of Mac you know activities of daily living. And to be able to to function on their own to become independent to gain confidence to. May have counseling to help him deal with their. Blindness surge sudden vision loss and to address the issues that come with it and orientation and mobility which use the use of learning to use him when he came to be able to travel independently on the community. And to get on buss who's turning cars you know whatever. Transportation is out there. Mean when you talk about vision loss of vision impaired. How is that measured how how do you determine whether someone. His vision impaired nor past vision loss while they're they're of the federal law has determined that it's column. Statutory born into nasty term buy if your vision loss is less than twenty degrees. Murphy over central vision that they feel blessed and twenty degrees and means to 180 from the out all the way from the alcohol related interviewer knows. If you only have twenty degrees with both guys. In your considered legally blind and I mean you really have tunnel vision past when I had an RP with her nicely and those. The other one is if your vision loss is worth 102200. With correction. And that's the best improvement in your also. Considered legally and anything under 220321. Honors 2782080. Your your visually impaired which are not legally blind SE MI in my mother before she passed away she was she lived in Florida. And she was told she was legally blind. She could say that as far as driving she wasn't allowed to drive and iMac I think that was due to them cataracts and if you like that that'll do it. And population may have had macular degeneration a few of the older persuasion which. But she's pretty common in the as you get older age related macular degeneration one of them primary confidence. In late one point news. What are some of the services that are offered and the deaf and hard of hearing it the department rehabilitation. Well with that at the same thing we we we assess the individual and determine the severity of the if they're hard of hearing you know a lot of it can be accommodated by a giddy hearing aids. Ritual how many individual to do here relatively normally. With the death in May need to learn sign language and you play a lot of undue in the beginning if they're born that way they get they get that treatment area on. And so they have a SL and after. Weighs about communicating and department will help them with you know with with all kinds of this to Steve made such as the I don't have this to be mean but it's I can describe it is. The hit TV monitor you can in another person hands until you can sign and they can see you initially. Why you signed to them over the monitor like it's Guyton you know with the camera. And so there's a lot of different and technologies. That are available again. That menu click a lot of this equipment is very expensive that's why the department of rehab uses one of the main. The city's technology providers because you know it's so expensive and it's difficult for people to purchase it on their own. And so if Iran have to fire since the guy more than likely they'll get this equipment free and monitors towards a vocational objective. And and you don't only help the disabled. Get a job but you also work for businesses to don't cheat to train them. To work with the disabled. Yeah it meant when he's a gift with the disabled that they need depth training. You know we we worked the majority of the people do go to work that are I policy in the generalists because of the transportation issues and are able to see. It's harder with the blind and the hearing. You on a path to harder population to find work for but we do have a lot of successes in that area. And and and what about follow up or or ongoing support once you find a person a job. Do they have continued support from the department. Yeah that as one of the main things that we we've do is that once we serve the Saint Paul and uncle finished with a client in terms of training and we found them a job and they're working with an employee here and we do lay out a follow up we don't close the case yet we. Keep on monitoring the case to wanna nature. That jobs can work alphabet and individual because yep they understand a lot of time and energy is gone into getting the person into that job. And so we wanna make sure that this is going to be the right fit for this person so we monitored the case for at least ninety days if not war. To make sure that this job is gonna work now then we will close the case successfully. And one of the nice things about that is it their own SSD higher society. The department is some money back from the Social Security Administration. Ford all of those that we place and who earn a job who go off of Social Security this whole. This is one India maintained that read. Work toward where we were with a lot of people who are on Social Security disability. To get him a job to that we can. Recoup the money and everybody's a winner to win win situation you can taxpayers and it's it's a great great way to go to hear from a your clients. Several years down the road and they come back to you and yes I how they're doing the net putting the nice things I I'm kind of laugh at them because it's. I was saying to somebody you know my kind of get my case flow back nine work of these people back in the ninety's. Well you know things change and they do come back then and I guess tests. That says you know speaks well me if they wanna come back to me as a counselor to help them again. I do get people who do come back and I do help a McGann and I do give me John began so. Not all cases but you know majority and that's just a wonderful in the beauty of this job is done you know helping people is it rewarding experience. And you know we're sound both ways to win win situation for myself. And for money down client. End area rewarding. Even more so when they come back to how well yeah. And and even. You know if I'm inclined to be even you know content to me and just let me know that hey I thank you thank you for what you've done for me. I appreciate you know that's that's for all counselor that's just not me that. You know we all get those wonderful. Letters phone calls and emails from previous kind of people that we've held. And that's the beauty of this job is hoping. People with a disability changed airlines we have to be it we have the power and the ability. And the money in the funding to be able to do and where do you get your funding. Now the good question and I'll have the federal government your tax dollars. It's from our SA which is there rehab services administration. Mandates how much money different states will receive their their mandated by the idea federal government. To spend money on people with disabilities to help them get a job. And you do that about me we if the number demand from seven to 3820 match 80% federal twenty. Stater seventy federal thirty you know percent. State. And the case service dollars and what we call them with the dollars that go around for the actual services that go look at the consumer. The other 30% comes from the state and that pace for the infrastructure in the administration congress. The hiring of counselors you know maintaining the ability to author and its importance known. On the administrative cost Amanda. And. And you're out your website. Very good website check it out lot of side. Great resources there. And two web site by any any advice this morning for anybody who may be listening this morning. Somebody with a disability or even a business that might be considering hiring somebody with a disability. Well we you know we want to reach out to employers first involved in on that you know recruit employers and and to. To let him know that we have lots of really. Capable people. We can train him for the job we have ability in the services to do that. And and I say to the people who are wondering you know what am I gonna do now I have a disability what you know I can't go to work I got laid off. I'm on state disability insurance or heard on the job or whatever. This is not the end of the world what you really need to do is to get up go to the phone. And call an office in fact a DV a number right now call. Which is the and to seek office phone number 6197672100. Or if you used to that TTY it's 8447292800. You will receive someone on the line who will help you with the question you have about what can I do I get help. Where right go meant operator rule or. Tell you what office to call if you're living in Chula Vista perhaps or you're living in east county amazed all thereafter. And mark Kohler Company Escondido. Or if you're in the downtown area of media district office on non fastball for the drive in the state building. So you will get an answer you will get assistance and you'll get. He knowledge and the information you need to be able to. Take that first step towards. Trying to go back to work corkum came worker can get training for the very first time. That's great Jacqui thank you very much for being on Saturday and thank you for all you do it California department of rehabilitation. Parents think you can have Meagher and I can. That includes another addition of living veteran San Diego the opinions expressed on living veteran San Diego do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of the staff management of the an account San Diego radio stations. Episodes of living veteran San Diego are available on the station's website. Until next time I'm Carrie Lee at greatly.