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Vocational Rehabilitation – Program Overview
The Vocational Rehabilitation program helps people with disabilities prepare for, find or retain employment and helps youth and students prepare for post-secondary opportunities. The program also helps businesses and employers recruit, retain and accommodate employees with disabilities.
Our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR ) program serves:
- Adults with disabilities
- Youth and students with disabilities
- Businesses and employers
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR ) serves adults with disabilities when the disability is a substantial barrier to employment and VR services are required to achieve employment. Available services include vocational evaluations, counseling and guidance, training and education assistance, assistive technology and more. Supported employment services are available for consumers needing ongoing assistance, as well as referral to our Business Enterprises of Texas Program and Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center.
The VR program serves youth and students with disabilities when pre-employment transition services are required to prepare for and obtain post-secondary education and employment opportunities. Services include job exploration and counseling, work-based learning experiences and training.
The VR program serves businesses and employers seeking to recruit, hire and accommodate employees with disabilities, including helping them to comply with federal hiring and accommodation requirements. Services include assistance accommodating employees with disabilities, disability awareness training, recruitment and job-matching assistance and coordination of employer symposia and job fairs.
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC ) is federally mandated to collaborate on the Texas Combined State Plan, a four-year plan for achieving all workforce goals of the state, and on the Rehabilitation Council of Texas annual report, which includes data on the effectiveness of the VR program.
The Vocational Rehabilitation program is authorized and funded by the following federal and state statutes, rules and regulations.