Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Public Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Youth
Year In Review
July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

Youth Ages 16-22* Served in the Vocational Rehabilitation Program

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program served 5,546 youths age 16 to 22 during
SFY 2009.

636 young consumers were placed in employment, with an average hourly wage of $10.92.

Employed young consumers worked an average of 27.6 hours per week.

226 High School Students were served by the Transition Works Grant program which is in its second year. Transition Works is a 5-year, $500,000 demonstration grant funded by the US Department of Education to develop best practices for transitioning youths with disabilities from school to work.

*Age at application for MRC services.

Who Are Our Young Consumers?

Males 57.5%
Females 42.5%

Percent Served by Age
16 2.9%
17 15.2%
18 29.9%
19 23.8%
20 11.9%
21 8.7%
22 7.5%

Referral Source
688 Referral 20.1%
Lead Education Agency 6.7%
TAC-Assigned <.1%
Other Referral Source 73.2%

Disability Profile
Sensory/Communicative 8.4%
Physical/Mobility 12.8%
Cognitive/Psychological 78.8%

Facts At A Glance

  • Youths actively receiving services: 5,546
  • Youths enrolled in training/education programs: 1,757
  • Average Hourly Wage for Employed Youths: $10.92

Charles Carr, Commissioner
"The goal of our services is to promote dignity through employment and community living, one person at a time. We hope that all citizens with disabilities in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to contribute as a productive member of their community and family as a result of services provided by the MRC."

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.