Vocational rehabilitation (VR) is a program designed to help people with physical and/or mental disabilities get and retain jobs. It’s an important service for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) looking to become employed. The federal government works with state governments to fund and design these programs. Here’s some introductory information about vocational rehabilitation services in Florida.
Administering Vocational Rehab Services in Florida
Vocational rehabilitation services in Florida are administered by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, which operates under the Florida Department of Education.
Eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitation in Florida
Individuals are generally considered to qualify for VR services if:
- They have a physical or mental disability
- Their disability is a significant barrier to employment
- They need vocational rehab assistance to get or keep a job
Also, any person who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for their disability is automatically presumed to qualify for vocational rehab if they want to become employed.
Types of VR Services Available
Florida’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation aims to help people with disabilities achieve greater independence and rewarding careers. It does so with services such as:
- Vocational evaluation and planning
- Career counseling and guidance
- Job coaching
- Job placement
- On-the-job training
- Training and education after high school
- Job site assessment and accommodations
- Supported and customized employment
- Assistive technology and devices
- Medical and psychological assessment
- Time-limited medical and/or psychological treatment
- Transition youth
- Deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind Services
- Supported employment
- Independent living program
Are Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Florida Free?
Some people may receive certain services for free, with eligibility determined by their income. Many participants in VR are required to share the cost of their services.
Is There a Wait for VR Services in Florida?
Depending on demand, there is sometimes a waiting list for assistance through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. As mandated by federal law, people with the most severe disabilities are prioritized for service.
The agency has a helpful VR Waiting List Resource Guide to help people get started with preparation for finding and keeping a job while they’re waiting for services.