DRC Programs - CAP
CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CAP)
The purpose of CAP is to protect the rights of persons receiving or seeking services funded under the federal Rehabilitation Act. According to this law, CAP services are available for all clients or applicants of the following services:
- Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS),
- Division of Services for the Blind (DSB),
- Workforce Center (WFC),
- Independent Living Services (ILS),
- Supported Employment (SE), and
- Independent Living Centers (ILCs)
- We assist most individuals through providing helpful information, education, or referral to appropriate resources. Individual advocacy is available as needed, in accordance with Federal regulations, and legal representation can facilitate systemic change for persons with disabilities.
CAP monitors the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center on a bi-weekly basis. CAP is available to assist clients of rehabilitation service providers in all parts of the state.
CAP services are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and are provided free of charge.
Click here to review OSERS information about this program.
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is established by Congress as the principal federal agency authorized to develop and implement comprehensive and coordinated programs of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment and independent living for individuals with disabilities.
DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT STUDY AVAILABLE
Are you living with a disability? Are you employed? If YES, You may be eligible for this research study!
The purpose of this study is to identify people with disabilities who are employed and find those factors that contribute to their successful work careers. Participation process includes completing a Web-Based Survey (approximately 1 hour). In order to participate, you must:
☑ Have a physical disability
☑ Be employed for at least 2 years at your current job
☑ Work at least 20 hours per week at your current job
☑ Be at least 18 years of age or older
Participants will be asked to complete the survey a second time in 4-6 weeks. To participate and for more information, visit: disabilitycommunityparticipation.org
The Youth Transition Funders Groups together with Fenton Communication have produced a guide offering concrete tools for communicating about youth transitions and other youth development issues. The document is available on the YTFG website in PDF format.
DRC Priorities for CAP in Fiscal Year 2013
- DRC will provide disability rights advocacy for people with disabilities who have a right to services under the federal Rehabilitation Act.
- DRC will represent Vocational Rehabilitation clients to ensure that they receive information and advice regarding obtaining vocational rehabilitation and employment services including supported employment or other services that an individual with a disability may need to secure, maintain, or regain employment.
- DRC will inform people with disabilities of their legal rights at trainings conducted by DRC and other organizations. Training may also be provided to service providers and other organizations.
- Conduct community trainings on the services DRC provides, sensitivity awareness and on specific topics related to DRC priorities as requested by other agencies.
- Conduct trainings and/or other activities in collaboration with AR Can Do, Inc. AR Can Do is made up of other non-profits, state agencies and people with disabilities to change perceptions of how society perceives people with disabilities and educate on appropriate ways to communicate and interact with people who have disabilities.
- DRC will raise issues that affect the lives of people with disabilities at meetings attended by policy makers and/or people with disabilities.
- DRC will serve on the Division of Youth Services (DYS) Oversight Committee at its quarterly meetings to ensure that DYS is meeting the deadlines of the DYS Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Reform Plan 2009-2014.
- DRC will serve on the Rehabilitation Council to advise the Council at its quarterly meetings on the role of DRC as well as ways to stop discrimination against people with disabilities.
- DRC will monitor the Board of the Division of Services for the Blind to advise the Board at its quarterly meetings on the role of DRC and on ways to stop discrimination against people who are blind or visually impaired.
- DRC will facilitate the Arkansas Parent Information Exchange (ArPIE) list serve to share information with parent advocacy groups/Parent Training Information Centers about education advocacy, rights issues and training.
- DRC will inform people with disabilities of their rights through the publication and dissemination of pertinent information.
- DRC will maximize its electronic outreach by continuing a weblog.
- Provide the DRC display and materials in conferences to inform the public about DRC activities to stop discrimination against people with disabilities.
- DRC will maximize its electronic outreach by improving DRC’s Facebook page with timely posts and pictures.
- Timely information will be posted on the DRC website on each DRC program, upcoming events, cases, investigations, legislation, etc.
- DRC will produce P&A Newsletters.
- DRC will monitor CRPs to inform people with disabilities of DRC services, client rights, and disseminate brochures, posters, etc.