Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
A part of Illinois' Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) is Illinois' official state agency for the vocational rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.
Once DRS determines an individual is eligible for services, that person (customer) may receive the following employment assistance: Vocational guidance and counseling, assistance with developing an individualized plan for employment, and help arrange for provision of training, restorative services and job placement to help customers achieve their employment goals. Visit the website to complete a self-referral. https://wr.dhs.illinois.gov/wrpublic/wr/dynamic/referral.jsf. Make sure and have your Social Security Number (SSN) available when you complete the DRS referral. If the individual seeking DRS services is still in secondary school, they may be eligible for the STEP program and its services.
Secondary Transition Experience Program (STEP): STEP is a training and assessment program that prepares students with disabilities for the transition from high school to employment and community participation during and after high school. This program is funded through a grant from the Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services. In STEP, high school and transition students acquire not only good work habits, but also employability skills. Ask your student's educational team, if your student should be referred to STEP.