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.
What is Financial Participation?
VR will look at the income of eligible individuals to determine if they will be required to share the cost of vocational rehabilitation services. Some individuals or services may be exempt, and you will not be required to pay for those services.
What is Order of Selection?
All eligible individuals are assigned to a category of service based upon their significance of disability. Under order of selection, all eligible individuals who are in a closed category are placed on a prioritized waiting list. Federal law requires that individuals with the most significant disabilities be served first. You can also download the VR Waiting List Resource Guide to find a list of resources and activities to help you prepare for employment while waiting for your case to be activated from the waiting list.
VR is now offering Job Retention Services
VR has made the decision to provide job retention services to eligible individuals, regardless of order of selection, who require specific services or equipment to keep their job. This new option was created by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). VR discussed this service option with the state rehabilitation council, and public input was received. VR is now offering these services.
Am I Eligible for VR Services?
You may be eligible for VR services if your goal is to become employed and:
- Your physical or mental disability interferes with your ability to become employed, and
- You need VR’s help to find or keep a job
If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for your disability, you are presumed eligible for VR services if you plan to become employed.
VR Orientation Video
This video gives an overview of the VR process and what to expect when you apply for services. (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.
VR Orientation Video with American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter
This video includes an ASL interpreter interpeting the full orientation video. It gives an overview of the VR process and what to expect when you apply for services.
(To show captions, see instructions above)
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