Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.
Our Mission is "to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence." Our Vision is "to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees."
Attention! Message from the Director
“Florida VR currently operates under a prioritization methodology called the Order of Selection. Federal rules require that when a program cannot serve every eligible individual who applies, due to resource constraints, it must prioritize services to individuals with the most significant barriers to employment. Florida has three (3) service categories, and in June 2014, we began a weekly release of individuals from the Category 1 (most significant disabilities) waiting list into service. We are accepting applications, but eligible individuals will be placed on a waiting list for services. We anticipate that Category 1 will be open with no wait by early spring 2015 and will begin releasing customers from service Category 2 at that time. There is no current projected release date for customers assigned to service Category 3. Please do continue to apply for VR services – people are released from the waiting list according to their application date, and the sooner you apply, the sooner you will be served. Thank you for your interest in the VR program – we look forward to working with you in the future.”
-- Aleisa McKinlay, VR Director
Examples of VR Services:
- Medical and Psychological Assessment
- Vocational Evaluation and Planning
- Career Counseling and Guidance
- Training and Education After High School
- Job-Site Assessment and Accommodations
- Job Placement
- Job Coaching
- On-the-Job Training
- Supported Employment
- Assistive Technology and Devices
- Time-Limited Medical and/or Psychological Treatment
Vocational Rehabilitation Program Overview Video
This two minute video gives a quick overview of the VR program. It is available with English, Spanish, or Creole subtitles. If you would like more information about services offered by VR and how to apply, please watch the Orientation Video found on the Customer web page. (To show captions, see instructions below)
To show captions in English, Spanish, or Creole: play the video, then click on "CC" in the lower right corner to turn on the captioning. Choose the language from the drop down menu. If you would like to adjust the size of the captions, click on "options" in "CC" and click the "+" plus button.
Florida's Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program wants you to be prepared for a hurricane or other disaster. VR encourages you to take advantage of a state resource to help you, your family, and your business develop a disaster plan. This excellent planning tool is available at www.floridadisaster.org. You can also download the VR Hurricane Preparedness Brochure in English, Spanish and Creole.