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What is Vocational Rehabilitation?

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a program that assists individuals with physical, intellectual, mental health and sensory disabilities to obtain and retain employment. More simply, VR helps individuals with disabilities find a job and be more independent.

Vocational rehabilitation involves:

  • Deciding if a person is eligible
  • Setting an employment goal
  • Putting the goal into a plan
  • Getting the job services and training needed to get a job
  • Job coaching and other employment services may also be involved

At Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), both the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) and the
Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) are involved in providing VR services.

Eligibility is based on 3 factors:

1) You have a disability that causes or results in a substantial impediment to employment, which may include physical, intellectual, mental health, or sensory disabilities;

2) You can benefit from services that lead to employment;

3) You require vocational rehabilitation to prepare for, secure, retain, or regain employment.

To learn more about Vocational Rehabilitation, watch the video at the top of this page. If you're ready to move forward, take our short self-assessment.

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