About Vocational Rehabilitation
Under the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as of 2016, state VR agencies now collaborate with
those with disabilities to develop an individual plan for employment (IPE), provide employment, education, training
and/or support for clients. The rehabilitation agencies also prepare them to find and keep a job with competitive
wages (at least minimum wage), where those with and without disabilities interact doing their jobs and have the same
advancement chances. NY State Access-VR Regions and Contacts: link

Resources at Independent Living Centers
Independent Living Centers (ILCs) provide an array of services that assist New Yorkers with all disabilities to live fully integrated and self-directed lives. ILCs assist with all aspects of living, learning and earning. ACCES-VR administers base funding for 41 Independent Living Centers (ILCS) throughout the state.  ILCs are private, not-for-profit organizations, governed by a majority of people with disabilities and staffed primarily by people with disabilities. The philosophy of independent living is to maximize opportunities for choices and growth through peer driven supports and self-help. NY State Regional Independent Living Centers: link

Additional Provider Resources
Building Quality of Life: A Practical Guide to Renal Rehabilitation
A guide to help dialysis facilities incorporate rehabilitation into facility dialysis activities

Council of Nephrology Social Workers (CNSW) Insurance Toolkit
Insurance information related to transplant, Veteran’s Administration (VA) benefits, Consolidated Omnibus
Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), coordination of benefits, and Medicare Part D, plus a list of helpful terms
related to commercial insurance and ESRD and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Cornell University: Institute on Employment and Disability (EDI)
A leading resource on employment and disability information for businesses, lawmakers, federal and state
agencies, educational institutions, unions, and service providers.

Disability Evaluation under Social Security
A guide for physicians and health professionals that explains Social Security’s disability programs, how each
works, and what a health professional can provide to help ensure sound and prompt determinations and
decisions on disability claims; includes in the listing of impairments genitourinary impairments (Section 6.00 for
adults; Section 106.00 for children)

Social Security Administration: Red Book
A summary guide to employment support for individuals on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and
Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) programs

Unit Self-Assessment Tool for Renal Rehabilitation (USAT)
A 100-item, self-scored checklist that provides a user-friendly, practical, framework to help renal professionals
assess rehabilitation programming in dialysis units

"Dialysis to Degree"

Scholarships and Grant opportunities for ESRD patients are  listed with the ESRD NCC. These include inspiring stories, and guides to the application process.
Additionally, there are on-line self study writing courses that are FREE to all users:
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) has information to help you write the best scholarship application possible.
Here are some tips from Hamilton College that help to write a winning essay.
REMEMBER: People living with ESRD are eligible for disability services in education. All accredited schools have a Disability Services department. (Example SUNY Disability Services) Make sure your patients are utilizing all resources available to them.