5.6.2 Qualifications

Education, Training, and Experience

Work adjustment trainers must have one of the following:

  • a master's degree in rehabilitation, counseling and guidance, or psychology; or
  • a bachelor's degree in a related field (for example, education, sociology, liberal arts, etc.) and one year of full-time experience performing adjustment services or similar duties in a rehabilitation agency or organization working with individuals who have visual disabilities and/or other disabilities; or
  • a combination of training and experience with a minimum of two years' full time experience in the successful provision of services to people with disabilities. These services must be similar to those provided in vocational adjustment training.


Provider Authorization

Services must not begin until DBS has issued a service authorization and/or purchase order.

Providers must have written authorization from DBS before the provider's employee provides services to DBS consumers. No service provided by a provider's employee will be paid if the service is provided before DBS written authorization is received.



Reasonable flexibility to vary work adjustment services will be authorized in order to accommodate the specific needs of individual consumers.


Staff-to-Consumer Ratio

For the purpose of conducting work adjustment training, the staff-to-consumer ratio must not exceed one staff member to six consumers (1:6). A competent aide under the supervision of the work adjustment trainer may be used if the number of DBS consumers receiving work adjustment training at the same time is more than six but not more than ten consumers.