Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
We, the Anishinabeg, the people of Odaawaa-Zaaga'iganiing, the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe, will sustain our heritage, preserving our past, strengthening our present, and embracing our future. We will defend our inherent sovereign rights and safeguard Mother Earth. We will provide for the educational, health, social welfare, and economic stability of the present and future generations.
Information of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe
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.
“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.”
Megan Taylor, Program Director
Megan Taylor is the current Program Director for the LCOVR Program. She has four years of experience as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and over two years as the Program Director. She has a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.
LCOVR Staff includes:
Megan Taylor, Program Director
Gwen Carley, Administrative Assistant
Sheila Butler, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Rhonda Raines, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Patricia Harrington, Job Developer/Transition Specialist
Visit lcovr.com for up-to-date information on our program.
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:
Hard of hearing/deaf
Blindness or low vision
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
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.
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) 634-9213 fax
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Monday - Friday