Well, I have very limited experience with DVR (Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), but I will share a few things here.
I am a student in California; I am a resident of Washington state. I did find out that the way DVR works is that where ever you are living, you can take advantage of the program there… what I mean is, I could take advantage of California’s DVR program even though I am not a resident of California but a resident of Washington.
This is useful as I would hate to be turned down because I am a college student (which is one target market) studying out-of-state.
However, the way DVR is setup is, you must work with counselors, have a plan as to where you will work in the future, and they will help you financially, when these other factors are in place.
At first, before being fully informed, I mistakenly assumed that since I was a student returning to school soon, I could write a letter about my situation with hearing loss, my student income, and ALD devices I would have trouble paying for personally that would help me upon my return to school.
In reality, I would have to visit the local CA DVR since that is where I am living now, or if I were to move back to WA, wait and contact them again, and have regular meetings with counselors.
So, yes, time must be available for this as well as being prepared to receive career assistance. Financial help doesn’t come without the career assistance.
I am not in any way saying this is a bad program. I think it is great for those in the right situation who need help. But where I am right now, I wouldn’t benefit from it at this time.
I hope this helped in some way to clarify your concerns.