Vocational Rehabilitation at RIC
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) offers a range of vocational rehabilitation services to employers and people with physical disabilities. Services include Employment Services Coordination, Employment Planning Services, Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation, and Community Employment Services. RIC Vocational Rehabilitation Services include:
Initial Vocational Assessments
Comprehensive interviews are conducted to review clients’ pertinent medical, educational and employment information. Individualized vocational rehabilitation service plans are developed with the person to meet their unique needs.
Comprehensive Vocational Evaluations
Assessments are made of transferable work skills, achievement level, aptitudes and interests. The results are summarized into reports that outline clients’ employment abilities and placement potential.
Work Trial Assessment (WTA)
RIC's WTA program places clients in work environments which help determine their job skill, work behavior and endurance levels.
Internship activities provide clients with short-term work experience, a chance to apply their skills in actual business settings, gain experience and develop new competencies.
Job activities are reviewed to determine whether clients have the skills, aptitudes and temperaments to accomplish tasks involved in particular jobs.
Staff consultations with employers determine whether clients can resume previous or alternative job duties. Job coaching, work-site accessibility evaluations and developing reasonable accommodations may be part of a successful plan.
Every year, RIC job placement specialists successfully assist nearly 90 percent of clients into training or employment. Job seeking skills training, resume preparation, career development and labor market surveys are provided. RIC also offers a weekly Job Club and Internet Job Search class, while Job Coaching and a Job Maintenance Support Group help promote job retention.
To make a referral, please send the referral/physician's order to 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611 or fax to 312-238-6814. For questions, please call 312-238-6800.
The address for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program is 541 North Fairbanks Court. However, the only handicap-accessible entrance to the building is at 303 East Ohio Street. If you are being dropped off by a taxi or PACE Paratransit Service, tell them to use the Ohio Street address.