Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) State Grant

Why the Program is Needed

Many people with disabilities are either unemployed or underemployed, despite their desire and ability to engage in meaningful work in the community. People with disabilities, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, can be employed in the community alongside people without disabilities and earn competitive wages. They should be supported in seeking, obtaining, and maintaining employment in order to achieve independence and full inclusion in society.

What it Does

Provides grants to states to support a wide range of services designed to help individuals with disabilities prepare for and engage in gainful employment consistent with their strengths, priorities, interests, and informed choice. Eligible individuals are those who have a physical or mental impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment, who can benefit from vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for employment, and who require VR services. Priority must be given to serving individuals with the most significant disabilities if a state is unable to serve all eligible individuals.

Authorizing Legislation

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 720-731)

Recent Funding

$3.122 billion in 2012
$3.047 billion in 2011
$3.085 billion in 2010
$2.974 billion in 2009
$2.874 billion in 2008
$2.837 billion in 2007

For More Information

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/rsabvrs/index.html