Abilities Network has been an approved Division of Rehabilition Services (DORS) Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) since 2006. Through this partnership, AN has created positive outcome for over 100 individuals per year who are seeking employment.
The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) is a branch of the the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and is designed to prepare people with disabilities to secure and maintain employment. Rehabilitation Counselors, located in field offices throughout the state provide and arrange for services that may include career counseling, vocational training and/or employment placement assistance through community programs like AN.
Please call your DORS Counselor or AN to see if services are provided in your region AN is able to provide the following services through our partnership with DORS:
Supported Employment Services are geared toward Transitioning Youth (TY) students who have been approved for funding for ongoing services through Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and are moving into the CEP of Abilities Network. These service will “bridge the gap” between school graduation and when services funded through the DDA become official. In some cases services may begin while the student is still in school. Services include ( link to or same info that appears in CEP employment part of website)
Non- Supported Employment Services focus on individuals who may not be eligible for funding through the DDA and who may or may not be currently employed. Individuals may be eligible for up to 35 hours of employment development assistance and may include ( link to or same info that appears in CEP employment part of website).
Job Development, Placement and Retention (JDPR) is designed for individuals who are not eligible for SE through DORS and who have already received basic job placement assistance from DORS and who have not yet secured employment. Services focus on securing and maintaining employment through individual services.
Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative (MSTC) allows AN to provide individualized employment services to High School graduation candidates while still in school; assisting with employment preparation and location. AN has a role on Project Management team for Carroll, Washington and Anne Arundel counties as well as Baltimore City.
Student to Employment Services (STEP) Specific to Howard County, the STEP program provides services to students for the three years prior to their graduation year and is a cooperative effort between the IEP team, DORS, AN and Humanim. Services focus on employment development, placement and retention.