Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Vocational rehabilitation services are administered at the federal level by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) in the U.S. Department of Labor. These services are intended to "help individuals with disabilities prepare for and engage in gainful employment consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. Eligible individuals are those who have a physical or mental impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment, who can benefit from vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for employment, and who require VR services. Priority must be given to serving individuals with the most significant disabilities if a state is unable to serve all eligible individuals." (RSA web site, 2011)

For more information on the Rehabilitation Services Administration, see its web site at http://rsa.ed.gov/.

In Florida, the agency responsible for administering vocational rehabilitation services funded through RSA is the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in the Florida Department of Education. For a description of DVR intake processes and services available to students with disabilities with the goal of preparing for, entering, and succeeding in the workforce, see the Florida Department of Education Memo, "Services Provided by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation" at http://www.project10.info/files/DVRServicesMemo011411.pdf

See also "The Rehabilitation Act of 1973" and "Division of Vocational Rehabilitation" in the A-Z Library.   

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