Vocational Rehabilitation

Program Overview

The LCO Vocational Rehabilitation services project was first established in 1998. Funding is provided through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education/Rehabilitation Services Administration.

The LCO Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides culturally-appropriate vocational rehabilitation services to Native Americans with disabilities who reside on the LCO reservation and in Sawyer County. VR services are provided consistent with individual strengths; resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities and informed choice to assist individuals prepare for and engage in gainful employment.

Mission Statement

“To assist Native Americans with disabilities in making choices that encourage their gainful employment while at the same time promoting personal empowerment, independence, strengthening families, improving community awareness, and recognizing the cultural and traditional values of the Tribe as well as each individual.”

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for LCO Vocational Rehabilitation services, individuals:

  • Must reside on the LCO Reservation or within Sawyer County
  • Must be an enrolled member of a federally or state recognized American Indian tribe or Alaskan Native;
  • Must have a physical or mental impairment which constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment;
  • Must require VR Services to prepare to enter, engage in, or retain gainful employment.

Examples of Disabilities:

  • Mental Health
  • Hard of hearing/deaf
  • Blindness or low vision
  • Amputations
  • Back injury
  • Learning disability
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Disease
  • Brain Injury
  • Mental retardation
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Orthopedic limitations
  • Alcohol or drug dependence

There are many other conditions that qualify as a disability that can be a barrier to getting or keeping employment. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact our office at (715) 638-5161 or Email to: Gwen.Carley@lco-nsn.gov.


Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation services are designed to achieve an employment objective consistent with your unique circumstances. You and your Counselor will assess your strengths, resources, priorities, abilities, concerns and capabilities to arrive at an acceptable rehabilitation plan, called the individual Plan for Employment (IPE).

The following are services that may be utilized:

  • Assessment of disability to determine eligibility
  • Vocational assessment
  • Career exploration
  • Job seeking skills development
  • Vocational guidance and counseling
  • Assistance in medical restoration
  • Assistance in obtaining Native Healing services
  • Assistance in obtaining education and training
  • Job placement services
  • Interpreter services for the Hard of Hearing or Deaf
  • Reader services for the Blind

When can I receive service?

You will work with a vocational rehabilitation counselor to begin the assessment process, determine whether or not you are eligible, and if eligible, develop an individual plan for your employment. The plan includes the services determined necessary to achieve your employment goal.

Contact Us

Information, Contact & Hours
Orientations are held Friday @ 10:00am - please Call to register.
LCO Vocational Rehabilitation Program
9790 N. County Road K, Suite# 103
Hayward, WI 54843
(715) 638-5161
(715) 634-9213 fax
Office Hours:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Monday - Friday

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