What Is Vocational Rehabilitation?

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program helps people with disabilities get and keep a job.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) helps people with physical, psychiatric, and learning disabilities find and keep a job. VR helps you identify job goals based on your interests and skills, and explore college and vocational training. It also reduces or removes barriers to employment. Priority is given to people who have the most severe disabilities in areas such as communication, mobility, work tolerance, and work skills. The VR Program is funded by the federal government and administered through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC).

Vocational Rehabilitation services

Since every person has different goals and needs, you may need only some of the VR services MRC provides. Many services are subject to financial eligibility. VR services include:

  • Counseling and guidance
  • Interest and aptitude testing
  • Job placement assistance
  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • College or vocational training
  • Assistive and/or rehabilitation technology
  • School to work
  • Employer consultation
  • Communication access services (ASL interpreters, oral transliterators, Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART)

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