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Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, Department Secretary



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The Division of Rehabilitation Services is featuring testimonials of South Dakotans with disabilities who've successfully achieved employment or other accomplishments in their lives. Enjoy reading the following spotlights:

 

Rebecca "Becky" Lang: Transitioning into the World of Employment

 

Rebecca "Becky" Lang applied for and was determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services while in high school. As part of her VR plan, she explored her employment interests by participating in a variety of Project Skills work experiences. Her work experiences included working at Faith Lutheran Daycare and Children's Castle as a daycare assistant, and the South Dakota Division of Rehabilitation Services as an office assistant. Project Skills is a collaborative effort between VR and local school districts in South Dakota that offers high school students with disabilities opportunities to explore their career interests upon completing their education. With the help of her VR counselor, Becky and her family explored options for post-secondary training, but in the end decided on moving directly to employment.

After high school graduation she received additional assistance from VR and worked with an employment specialist who created an extensive training plan for another work experience at Walgreens in Pierre. Through this work experience, Becky gained a multitude of personal and professional skills along with self-awareness. Upon the completion of the work experience at Walgreens, she spent some time with family in Wisconsin before coming back and obtaining employment at Domino's Pizza as a cashier in 2017! She has been successfully employed since then and is working 32 hours per week. Jessica Hovland, VR counselor stated that, "Becky continues to do really well at work and is someone that her boss can count on to be consistent and do her work well. She has expanded her duties when needed and has become a leader in training new staff."

With the assistance of a variety of network of supports, Becky has worked hard to obtain and maintain employment and independent living skills. A future goal of hers include moving into own apartment.  

 

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