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RWS Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The Roosevelt Warm Springs (RWS)Vocational Rehabilitation program has been assisting individuals with disability prepare for employment for 50 years. Utilizing a multi-disciplinary model of service delivery and the RWS Discovery process, individualized vocational rehabilitation plans are developed to insure that the unique strengths of students are built upon to maximize their vocational readiness and personal growth. Multi-disciplinary team members include Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Employment Specialists, Daily Living Skills Instructors, Academic Teachers, Behavioral Specialists and Health Management staff. Additional team members may also include Vocational Assessment Specialists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Recreation Therapists and other specialists at Roosevelt Warm Springs. Medical, neuropsychological, psychological and psychiatric consultations are also available to students as part of vocational rehabilitation services.

Individualized rehabilitation plans provide students an opportunity to develop skills and experiences to reach their unique goals and build upon interests in a residential setting much like a college environment.  Curriculum areas include daily living skills, self-determination and interpersonal skills, employability skills, academic education, health education and recreation and fitness.  Vocational curriculum and work experiences are provided in the following areas:

  • General Worker Readiness
  • Business Education
  • Computer Technology
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Forklift Operation
  • Printing
  • Certified Home Health Aid
  • Horticulture
  • Business Enterprise Program

RWS is committed to providing innovative technical skills training to prepare individuals with disability for employment and rewarding careers. Campus and off-campus work sites are utilized for practicum and internship experiences and the Employment Development Services program is CARF accredited.

Vocational Evaluation

The Discovery model is offered at RWS as an alternative to traditional vocational evaluation services.  This unique approach allows an individual’s unique contributions to employment to be identified while building upon interests identified or developed as a student at RWS. The residential setting allows Discovery to take place in many aspects of students’ lives to identify those conditions that will insure success in reaching vocational goals.

Traditional vocational evaluation services are also available at RWS and include:

  • Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation
  • Limited Vocational Evaluation
  • Situational Evaluation

Authentic assessment oncampus worksites can also be a component of the assessment process. With a focus on continued learning and excellence, this CARF accredited program is committed to providing innovative services, informationa that promotes empowerment and self-awareness of the individual and useful recommendations for vocational rehabilitation planning.

Academic Education

RWS offers an academic education program that is committed to inspiring students with disability to experience success in academic studies.  Small classroom and individual instructional settings focusing upon the student gaining confidence, recognizing individual learning styles and approaches and improving reading and math skills. The program provides opportunity to learn communication skills related to work-related goals and use innovative technology as a learning tool allowing many students who have struggled in past academic settings to experience the celebration of educational development.

A wide range of academic education opportunities are available for students at Roosevelt Warm Springs and include:

  • Skills Remediation for High School Graduation Tests (leading to HS diploma)
  • Administration of High School Graduation Tests
  • GED Preparation and Testing with necessary accommodations
  • Use of Assistive/ Adaptive Learning Devices
  • Basic Skills in Reading, Math and Language
  • Workplace Literacy Skills
  • ACT/SAT Preparation
  • Tech School Entrance Preparation/Compass Testing

Independent Living

Along with vocational services and academic education, independent living is a major component of services available on campus. RWS is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with disability by assisting them reach personal independence goals, as well as their vocational goals. The residential complex has a variety of housing options including 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartments. Individual and classroom instruction in daily living skills allows skill development to be generalized into dorm and apartment living. Community based instruction related to the development of daily living skills is also provided to support reaching goals and personal growththrough self-determination.

Therapeutic Recreation

Recreation and fitness is an important part of student life at RWS. Every student’s rehabilitation plan includes one recreation and one fitness activity as part of their programming. The Center for Therapeutic Recreation offers basketball, swimming, bowling, racket ball, arts and crafts, as well as a game room. Students participant in classroom activities that allow them to explore recreation and fitness activities that they can pursue not only while at RWS, but also in life. Guided campus activities include hiking, archery, climbing, fishing, boating and organized sporting and dance activities. Community and regional activities are also provided to allow students to enjoy recreational activities throughout the area including shopping, movies and sporting events.

Specialty Programs

RWS is honored to have the oldest day program for individuals with brain injury in the state of Georgia. The Brain Injury Day Program is a non-residential and provides specialized services to students in the Vocational Rehabilitation program, as well as from private referrals.

The Driver Rehabilitation Program provides evaluation and training to become a driver or return to driving after an injury. These services are available to all Vocational Rehabilitation Program students that can benefit from them.  


The requirements for RWS admission are the same for all referrals and the process begins with an application for admission. Referrals are accepted from GVRA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Worker's Compensation Providers, and private pay individuals. 

Roosevelt Warm Springs Vocational Rehabilitation program provides services to individuals with disability who are at least 18 years old, without regard to race, color, national origin, religious creed, sex, or sexual orientation.