What is Vocational Rehabilitation?

Vocational rehabilitation (VR) is a group of services that are designed to enable people with disabilities to gain the skills and resources that they need to compete in the interview process, get a job, and keep a job. VR services may also help a person who has recently acquired a disability to retrain for employment. Some of these services include vocational assessment and evaluation, training, upgrading of general skills, refresher courses, on-the-job training, career counseling, employment searches, and consulting with potential or existing employers for job accommodations and modification.

State agencies operate the VR programs. VR services are based on individual needs and only individuals considered eligible can receive them. If you are a member of the military or a Veteran, the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VocRehab) program, sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program, helps Service Members and Veterans with service related disabilities prepare for, find, and maintain careers. VetSuccess.gov is a website that helps Veterans, Services Members, and eligible family members build meaningful careers by linking them with employers interested in hiring them.

We ran a search on the NIDRR Program Database and found several NIDRR projects that are conducting research to improve VR services. Here are a few of those projects:

  • Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with Traumatic Brain Injuries from Postsecondary Education to Employment. Project Number: H133A130066.
  • Advanced Research Training Program in Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities. Project Number: H133P130011.
  • SEDL Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research. Project Number: H133A100026.

We also ran a search in REHABDATA and found a number of articles in our collection relating to VR. Here are few of those articles:

  • State differences in knowledge and application of evidence-based practice by vocational rehabilitation agency staff. NARIC Accession Number: O19387.
  • An exploration of employment barriers and employment skill enhancement of veterans with traumatic amputation. NARIC Accession Number: O19391.
  • KTER today: Putting research to work, April 2014. NARIC Accession Number: O19386.

Please visit our FAQ on Vocational Rehabilitation to learn more and find resources related to VR.

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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