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OVR assists furloughed workers-with-disabilities

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DUE to the Covid-19 pandemic, many government employees with disabilities who have been furloughed are seeking assistance from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, OVR Director Maryann Borja-Arriola said.

She said OVR can help individuals with disabilities find employment.

OVR staff members also conduct outreach activities, including on Rota and Tinian, so that more people will be aware of its programs, she added.

Borja-Arriola said OVR will soon have a new employment specialist who will educate the government and the private sector about disability etiquette.

OVR wants to see more employers hiring people with disabilities, but OVR itself lacks  manpower, she added.

“We have only three vocation rehabilitation counselors and a counselor aide to handle more than 200 cases,” she said.

The Office of the Governor, however, has been very helpful in getting more counselors, Borja-Arriola said. “The governor is ensuring that we provide our clients with the best services and that their concerns are addressed in a timely manner.”

This year, all OVR events, including the National Day for Employment Awareness Month in October and the International Day for People with Disabilities in December, will be postponed until next year.

Borja-Arriola said many of their clients, particularly the elderly, are vulnerable to the pandemic and so OVR is taking precautionary measures to safeguard them.

 

 

 

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