Meet John: Age 16, CADI Waiver and VRS

Through collaboration, state and federal funds can be used together in creative ways to help people with disabilities achieve competitive integrated employment. To see an example of this collaboration in action, meet John — a 16-year-old with a Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) Waiver and Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS).

John's story

John's mom helped him find a summer landscaping job for 20 hours a week. John uses the Consumer-Directed Community Supports (CDCS) service option available under the CADI Waiver. He and his family self-direct John's support budget.

Team approach

Earlier in the year, John had applied and was found eligible for VRS. When John got the landscaping job, his family contacted VRS to ask about summer job coaching support. John's family and the VRS counselor thought John would need one-on-one ongoing support and supervision on the job. The VRS counselor contacted the county to coordinate long-term employment supports. VRS agreed to fund initial coaching to help John get oriented to the job and learn job tasks. The county worked with John's family to decide how to best modify their waiver budget to provide the needed job supports when VRS support ended.


Initially it was thought that John would need a one-on-one job coach for the entirety of his summer job. After 40 hours of job support, however, John was able to work independently with natural supports.

See John's story shown as a collaborative model.

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