Vocational rehabilitation

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A 1964 educational film on vocational rehabilitation and Orientation and Mobility for a newly blind man, made with assistance from the California Department of Rehabilitation.

Vocational rehabilitation, also abbreviated VR or voc rehab, is a process which enables persons with functional, psychological, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities or impairments or health disabilities to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining, or returning to employment or other useful occupation.[1]

Vocational rehabilitation can require input from a range of health care professionals and other non-medical disciplines such as disability employment advisers and career counselors. Techniques used can include:

  • assessment, appraisal, program evaluation, and research.
  • goal setting and intervention planning.
  • provision of health advice and promotion, in support of returning to work.
  • support for self-management of health conditions.
  • making adjustments to the medical and psychological impact of a disability.
  • case management, referral, and service co-ordination.
  • psychosocial interventions.
  • career counseling, job analysis, job development, and placement services.
  • functional and work capacity evaluations.[2]

Vocational rehabilitation practitioners are often governed by standards of practice. In the United Kingdom these are produced by the Vocational Rehabilitation Association.

State agencies in the United States[edit]

There are different agencies in the United States that run VR programs, including the following[3]:

VR state agency or division Headquarters of agency or division Notes
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)[4] 602 S. Lawrence Street, Montgomery Toll free number restricted to Alabama residents only
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)[5] 550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1930, Anchorage Address is for DOLWD main office in Anchorage.
Arizona Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)[6] 1789 W Jefferson Street, Phoenix
Arkansas Department of Career Education, Rehabilitation Services Division (RSD)[7] 525 W Capitol Ave, Little Rock
Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Services for the Blind (DSB)[8] 700 Main Street, Little Rock
California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)[9] 721 Capitol Mall, Sacramento

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