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The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. The largest of the programs are Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, Disability Adjudication Services, and Roosevelt Warm Springs/Cave Spring Center. Two other unique programs serve consumers with visual impairments: the Business Enterprise Program and Georgia Industries for the Blind.
We are committed to the principle that people with disabilities are assets, and our efforts emphasize eliminating attitudinal barriers as well as physical ones.
We are a strategic partner in helping to build a diverse, qualified and productive workforce. Our aim is to pursue a comprehensive, coordinated employment agenda.
Our programs impact both employers and job seekers. Our bottom line is to tailor our services to fit your needs. And our promise to you is consistent professional service with responsive and responsible follow-up.
The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) provides business management opportunities for eligible and qualified people to become licensed blind vendors so they may operate various food service and vending operations throughout the state.
The BEP, one of six divisions in the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), was authorized by the federal Randolph-Sheppard Act of 1936 and was established in Georgia in 1944. It is recognized as the State Licensing Agency (SLA) and has priority for operating businesses on federal property and may also operate sites on other properties. Sites include snack bars, cafes, cafeterias, coffee bars, food courts, gift and sundry shops, military dining facilities, vending routes, interstate rest areas and welcome centers.
If you are an agency or business interested in providing your customers and/or employees with a convenient on-site food, vending or beverage service, the BEP would be happy to discuss our various levels of service based on customer specifications. It will be our responsibility to assist in the design and layout of the service you request, provide all equipment and merchandise inventory, as well as select a licensed blind vendor manager to service your location.
As a host organization, you will have the satisfaction of providing quality service to your customers and employees while providing a viable employment opportunity for a Georgian who is blind. For more information on the advantages of partnering with the BEP, please call our main office number in Tucker, GA at (770) 724-6590.
The mission of Cave Spring Center (CSC) is to help individuals with disabilities develop good attitudes, self-discipline, work ethics, and marketable job skills so they can become successfully employed, contributing members of their communities.
Who We Serve
CSC serves Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients ages 18 years and older who are referred by their VR counselors to receive residential services to assist them to go to work. Most are young adults who need additional services to transition from high school to further post secondary training or education and become employed. CSC staff have the skills needed to serve individuals with all types of disabilities, plus some are specially trained and skilled in the use of American Sign Language in working with deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind consumers. GVRA and CSC provide vocational rehabilitation services without regard to age, gender, race, color, creed or national origin.
The Georgia Disability Adjudication Services (DAS) is a state agency that makes Social Security disability determinations under an agreement with the Social Security Administration. The DAS is fully federally funded. The main Georgia DAS office is in Stone Mountain with branch offices located in Athens, Dalton, Thomasville and Savannah.
Applicants file disability claims at the federal Social Security field offices throughout the state. The disability claims are forwarded to the DAS offices where criteria set forth by SSA is used in developing the claim and making the disability eligibility determination. Disability adjudicators must know about the Social Security laws and regulations as well as medical and vocational issues. Adjudicators review an applicant’s statements regarding the reason(s) for his or her inability to work and the treatment he or she has received. Based on SSA criteria, the adjudicator then decides the medical evidence required to evaluate the extent of the applicant’s limitations and contacts treating sources to secure pertinent information.
A team consisting of a disability adjudicator and a state agency medical consultant determine whether a person meets disability provisions of the Social Security law. These individuals are trained to carefully analyze and evaluate medical and vocational factors under the requirements of the Social Security Act.
SSA Definition of Disability
Adult: An adult has medically determinable physical or mental impairment that prevents any substantial gainful activity and has lasted or is expected to last for a period of 12 continuous months or is expected to result in death.
Children: A child has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that causes marked and severe functional limitations and has lasted or is expected to last for 12 continuous months or is expect to result in death.
Benefits are awarded based on either
Insured status (Title II) or
Financial need (Title XVI)
If DAS makes an unfavorable decision, the applicant has the right to appeal the decision through the reconsideration process or the next level of appeal. This next level is a hearing through the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review where an administrative law judge will conduct a face to face hearing and make a decision on disability and supplemental security income benefits.
The Application Process
There are several ways to apply for benefits:
Visit the SSA website at www.socialsecurity.gov to apply online.
Call or visit any Social Security office to schedule an appointment.
Contact SSA toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).
When you apply for benefits, you will be asked to:
Describe your disabling condition;
Give information about where you have received treatment for your disability;
Give information about your medications;
Give information about your education and past work experience; and
Authorize release of your records to be used in making the disability decision.
For more information about the Disability Adjudication Services, contact DAS Constituent Services at 678-639-2100.
Established by 1937 state legislature, Georgia Industries for the Blind (GIB) employs people who are blind in two locations across the state: Bainbridge and Griffin. GIB now employs nearly 100 blind persons and generates its total administrative and operating budgets through the sales of its products and services receiving zero dollars from state or federal means. It has maintained the highest national safety rating since 2013.
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Facebook: GIB-Georgia_Industries for the Blind
Georgia Industries for the Blind has openings for qualified blind candidates in the following positions:
Labor Trades Worker
Founded by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1927, Roosevelt Warm Springs (RWS) continues a tradition of compassion and quality care that spans over 90 years. Started to treat patients who had contracted polio, the campus has transformed into a comprehensive rehabilitation center embracing the tenets of public service, technological advancement, program diversity and continuing education on behalf of persons with disabilities. Roosevelt Warm Springs remains a national treasure and Georgia "point-of-pride."
We invite you to visit our National Historic Landmark campus whenever you are in the area, and please contact us at (706) 655-5000 for additional information.
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The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program of Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) helps people with disabilities find and maintain employment. As every individual is different, so too are the services we offer. Some people may just need hearing aid or other assistive technology, others may need support with training or post-secondary education.
If you have a permanent disability and want to work or need our services to keep the job that you have, please contact our Customer Care unit, and they'll be able to redirect to the appropriate office and answer any questions that you have. Or, if you want to contact a specific office close to you, you can click here. View the state map of our four quadrants here.
View the most recent version of the Client Services Policy Manual here.