One success story is that of a Bhutanese refugee woman in her 20s with a significant hearing impairment. For 18 years, she and her family lived in a refugee camp in Nepal; in August of 2009, she resettled in Chicago with her brothers. ADOPT connected with her, discovering that she was not aware of DRS or of the option of working in this country.

Through ADOPT’s outreach efforts, she was connected to a VR office and counselor who worked with her, her family, and the community agency. As a result, she had a job-training evaluation at a major hotel and is now looking for a job and learning about transportation options with the help of ADOPT and an Asian-oriented job placement agency. Such outreach efforts can benefit other Illinois-based Asians who are not aware of VR services and supports.