Finding solutions for those in need

Keokuk County is served by the Ottumwa office for Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Sigourney, Iowa- Finding a job is arguably one of the most stressful and hardest tasks that any human may go through. The excitement of graduating from college wears off very quickly when the realization sets in that there are many bills to pay. For some, however, the challenge of finding a job can be much harder based on disabilities that they may have. For those struggling to find or maintain employment, there is now a service to help in that search. Jaime Claywell Herrera is a Rehabilitation Counselor with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services.


            “Vocational Rehabilitation Services is a state agency that works with students and adults that have a disability, helping them get out into the workforce. So we are looking for jobs that are integrated, meaning they are part of the community, and they have a competitive wage, which would be at least minimum wage. In the past, there’s been a lot of segregation where putting people with a disability all in one space but we are really trying to get people out so they would see people in their everyday life,” Claywell-Herrera said in a recent interview.


            Vocational Rehabilitation Services works with students starting at age 14 and are on an IEP (individualized education program). Vocational Rehabilitation Services does job exploration and work-based learning experiences. In addition, they work on self-advocacy with individuals and provide additional readiness skills training as needed.

For the complete story, please see this week's issue of the Keota Eagle.