DHS Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month In October With Readiness Training

DHS Recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month In October With Readiness Training

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, is seeking to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many contributions of Virgin Islands employers, community partners and trailblazers that support and honor courageous workers with disabilities.

This year marks a major milestone in the nation’s history; it is not only the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), but the 30th anniversary of the American Disability Act, ADA and 100 years since the establishment of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated across the United States to help eliminate the barriers that limit opportunities for educational and economic advancement for workers challenged by disabilities.

The Virgin Islands Vocational Rehabilitation Program launched its first ever online work readiness training program this summer, and services will continue for qualifying students throughout the school year. 

The Department of Human Services encourages all to help celebrate the milestones of the national Vocational Rehabilitation Program by reaching out to someone who has a disability and expressing a little extra support and encouragement for their journey.  

For those with a disability seeking employment, and for those who may know someone seeking employment, please contact the DHS – Vocational Rehabilitation Program today. The Program offers employment related services that include:

  • Transition planning for high school students with disabilities to assist with adequately preparing for post-secondary education and competitive employment.
  • Vocational counseling
  • Evaluation & training
  • Job placement
  • Assistance with resume writing and many other services

DHS – Vocational Rehabilitation Program

  • St. Croix: (340) 643-8145 or (340) 626-6268
  • St. Thomas / St. John (340) 774-0930 or (340) 244-7861