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Vocational rehabilitation employees recognized

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The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation presented performance and recognition awards to over a dozen employees at its annual training conference recently in Bismarck.

Together, division vocational rehabilitation professionals helped 525 North Dakotans with disabilities obtain competitive, integrated employment in their communities between Oct. 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2020.

Employees recognized included Raena McIntyre of the Jamestown office with the Director’s Award for Excellence. In nominating her, peers stated McIntyre is focused and dedicated in her work with clients and inspires team members to do more. They also said she is a major contributor to the positive and collaborative culture of their office and is a great representative of the VR program in the community, as she works with schools, businesses, clients and other community partners.

The Pillar Award, which recognizes support staff who contribute to the success of individuals with disabilities to become employed, was presented to two individuals including Connie Gange from the Jamestown office.

Division staff members provide assessments and counseling to help individuals identify strengths and goals, connect individuals to training, education, assistive technology and supportive services, and provide job placement assistance.

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To receive VR services, North Dakotans must have a disability that is an obstacle to employment, and they must want to work and be available to work.

The DVR team also connects businesses to qualified prospective employees who can meet their workforce needs and provides assistance so businesses can retain employees affected by disabilities and find solutions to other disability-related issues.

Information about services is available online at www.nd.gov/dhs/dvr/index.html or by contacting the division at 1000 E Divide Ave., Bismarck, N.D., 58501, 701-328-8950, toll-free 800-755-2745, 711 (TTY) or dhsvr@nd.gov .

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