Vocational Rehab Jobs Will Be Cut in NH

Concord — A New Hampshire agency that helps people with disabilities find jobs soon will be downsized, after education officials identified a looming shortfall within the group’s budget.

About 20 jobs will be cut from the state Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation in an attempt to stabilize finances for the organization, which provides job coaching and educational opportunities, and also pairs disabled people with employers in the Granite State, Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut announced last week.

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Melissa Abbott is 47, a wife and mother, a graduate school student, and she’s blind and permanently disabled.

Five years ago, a tumor robbed her of much of her eyesight and left her “chronically dizzy.” The balance problems have resulted in falls, causing painful injuries as well as concussions.

The Strafford resident said she is in a doctor’s office at least three times a week — sometimes in Somersworth, sometimes in Portsmouth, and sometimes in Concord. Getting to these appointments meant her self-employed husband would lose out on business or her daughter, who is a teacher, would need to take time out of work.

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