Date: August 29, 2013
- Very low: Meets one or more of the indicators of a serious functional limitation.
- Low: Does not meet one of the indicators of a serious functional limitation but impairment does result in a substantial impediment to employment.
- Very low: Meets one or more of the indicators of a serious functional limitation
- Low: Does not meet one of the indicators of a serious functional limitation but does result in a substantial impediment to employment.
The agency must provide the full range of services listed in the Rehabilitation Act, as appropriate, to all eligible individuals who apply. In the event that services cannot be provided to all eligible individuals the agency must implement an order of selection policy. While the agency is currently not under an order of selection, the agency's practice is to still placed clients into a priority group
An individual’s priority in the order of selection will be determined at the time of eligibility for services based on the individual’s current situation and not based on projected job goals or limitations the individual might have in the future. Client can subsequently be moved to a higher priority group if information becomes available indicating additional serious functions.
The order of selection must be based on a refinement of the definition of ‘individual with a significant disability’ in the Rehabilitation Act.
When funding is not sufficient to serve all eligible individuals those in Priority Group One will be served first, those in Priority Group Two second and those in Priority Group Three served last.
- Has a severe physical or mental impairment resulting in a rating of very low in two or more functional areas
- Has a severe physical or mental impairment that results in a very low rating in one functional area, or
- Receives SSDI or SSI based on a disability. Individuals who receive SSDI or SSI automatically qualify for priority group two and are assessed to determine whether they qualify for priority group one.
The distinction between a substantial impediment to employment for purposes of eligibility and a serious functional limitation for purposes of establishing priority for service is one of degree and scope. The degree and scope is serious if an individual can only perform a function, or can only learn to perform a function with a significant accommodation and/or substantial support. A Very Low rating to a functional capacity area is evidence of a serious functional limitation.
Communication: Ability to effectively exchange (give or receive) information through words or concepts. Includes speaking, reading, hearing, writing, and understanding. Evidence of a serious functional limitation includes any one of the following:
A communication problem resulting from a language or cultural difference is not a serious functional limitation in communication.
Interpersonal Skills: The ability to establish and maintain personal, family, work and community relationships as it affects or is likely to affect job performance and/or job retention. Evidence of a serious functional limitation includes any one of the following:
Mobility: The physical, cognitive and/or psychological ability to move about from place to place inside and outside the workplace, home, or community including travel to and from community destinations. Evidence of a serious functional limitation includes any one of the following:
An individual who cannot independently arrange and/or drive or use private (auto) and/or public transportation. Limitations due to the lack of a driver’s license (reasons unrelated to disability), geographic location, or availability of transportation are not indicators of a serious functional limitation in the area of mobility.
An individual who cannot get to or from work, or move about in the work place, or training site without significant vehicle modifications, work place accommodations, and/or durable medical goods. Self Care (includes Self Care ADL): The physical and cognitive skills needed to perform activities of daily living such as eating, toileting, grooming, dressing, money management, and management of special health or safety needs as it relates to employment. Evidence of a serious functional limitation includes any one of the following:
An individual who must live in or will need to live in a group home, or other supported residential setting that provides self-care help and safety. May include living with family members, but not for economic, social, or personal reasons. Short term or temporary placement in a facility such as drug & alcohol treatment program is not an indicator of a serious functional limitation in self care.
Self Direction: The ability to independently plan, initiate, organize, or carry out goal directed activities and/or solve problems. Evidence of a serious functional limitation includes any one of the following:
Difficulty with relationships should be considered under Interpersonal Skills. Inability to live independently should be considered under Self-Care.
Work Skills: The ability to learn and/or do specific skills required in carrying out job functions. Evidence of a serious functional limitation includes any one of the following:
Work Tolerance: The ability to carry out required physical, emotional, and cognitive demands of work in an efficient and effective manner over a sustained period of time. Evidence of a serious functional limitation includes any one of the following:
Use of a telephone headset, electric stapler, ergonomic chair, ergonomic keyboard, or other accommodations and devices that are beneficial, but are not required to perform the job tasks would not be an indicator of a serious functional limitation in work tolerance.
Individuals who chose to work part-time for other than work tolerance issues related to the impairment would not have a serious functional limitation in work tolerance.