OVR counselors to conduct Aug. 23 outreach in Kagman
Tag: COTA, Kagman Community Center, OVR, SRC
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation counselors will be conducting outreach at the Kagman Community Center on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, from 9am.to 12pm.
Individuals interested in applying for vocational rehabilitation services are encouraged to take advantage of this outreach activity. Normally, orientation and intake/application are conducted at the OVR office in Navy Hill on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. However, in an effort to increase its referral numbers, OVR is also reaching out to unserved or underserved populations.
According to the OVR and State Rehabilitation Council’s (SRC) 2014 comprehensive statewide needs assessment final report, “The distant villages in Saipan were also consistently identified as being underserved. Outreach to these villages has been limited in the past due to their distance and the limited number of OVR staff to do this kind of outreach.
Conversely, potential consumers that live in the distant villages in Saipan do not travel to the OVR office, contributing to the limited number of people being served in these areas.”
An applicant is eligible for vocational rehabilitation services if the individual: 1) is an individual with a disability, and; 2) has a physical or mental impairment which for such individual constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment; and can benefit in terms of an employment outcome from vocational rehabilitation services, and; 3) requires vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, secure, or retain employment; and 4) has legal status to allow employment in the CNMI or U.S.
OVR extends its appreciation to Diana Camacho of Ayuda Network/SRC and Laura Ogumoro of the Department of Community & Cultural Affairs (DCCA) for coordinating and making the outreach possible at the KCC.
The Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority (COTA) provides transportation service for a standard fee of $5/person/ride with a discounted price of $3/ride for persons with disabilities and the elderly age 55 and over. Please schedule your ride in advance by calling COTA at 664-2690. (PR)