Stan Hagerman came to the Lander DVR office for assistance in job placement. Stan relayed that he could secure jobs but had trouble retaining them. He would usually get fired within a few months of hiring. Stan has both physical and cognitive disabilities, which limited the type of vocations he could be successful in. He also has very limited education, less than 12th grade. And although he had attempted to earn his GED on multiple occasions, he has not been successful in doing so.
DVR assisted Stan in diagnostic services which confirmed cognitive limitations, memory deficits, and some auditory processing limitations. Although there were also lifting restrictions, these cognitive limitations appeared to be the biggest barrier to employment. Stan and his VR counselor were able to identify possible vocations that required minimal experience, and did not involve heavy lifting. Stan and his counselor then further narrowed down possible employment fields by completing informational interviews to learn what type of jobs were more task oriented, so that Stan would not be required to act on verbal directions only, which were not conducive to his auditory processing limitations.With DVR's assistance, Stan has been able to secure employment in a business that has accommodated his limitations, with the added bonus of being accepted into the workplace culture as a valued member.
Once Stan and his counselor had a list of possible vocations that he could succeed in, his counselor approached business owners and offered a work experience. His counselor knew that if given the opportunity, Stan would be able to impress employers with his punctuality, reliability, and willingness to take on additional work.
Stan eventually secured a work experience at the Ice House in Lander, and after working for 80 hours, he was hired as a permanent employee. Stan's assigned tasks include reading orders off of a board, filling different sized bags of ice, stocking the freezer, and assisting in loading the delivery truck.
Working at the Ice House allows Stan to have a very task-oriented job, where he knows what is expected of him each day. In addition to accommodating his cognitive and memory limitations, Stan is not required to lift over 20 pounds at a time, which accommodates his lifting restrictions.
More than simply accommodating Stan in the workplace, his supervisor has taken on the role of mentor, and has worked with him to offer insight in other areas of his life. Stan feels part of the Ice House team, and considers his coworkers and supervisor to be his friends as well.
Stan's employment at the Ice House has also had unexpected benefits in other areas of his life. Due to Stan's successful employment, his self-esteem has increased to the point that he is now confident that he will eventually complete his goal of earning a GED. Stan is registered with the local college for GED assistance, and has received assistance from his VR counselor to access disability support services at school.
With DVR's assistance, Stan has been able to secure employment in a business that has accommodated his limitations, with the added bonus of being accepted into the workplace culture as a valued member. This independence and validation from others has served to increase his self-esteem, and allowed for him to being pursuing additional goals, such as earning his GED. Stan is very proud of what he has accomplished, and considers his experience with Vocational Rehabilitation to be a resounding success.