The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is established by Congress as the principal federal agency authorized to carry out Titles I, III, VI and VII, as well as specified portions of Title V of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. RSA provides national leadership for, and administration of,
- basic state and formula grant programs,
- independent living centers,
- service projects,
- rehabilitation training discretionary grant programs,
- Randolph-Sheppard vending facilities and
- Helen Keller National Center programs.
These programs develop and implement comprehensive and coordinated programs of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment and independent living for individuals with disabilities, through services, training and economic opportunities, in order to maximize their employability, independence and integration into the workplace and the community.
RSA is responsible for the formulation, development and implementation of regulations, policies, and guidelines. RSA serves as a resource and clearinghouse of information for service providers at national, state and local levels in the development of national programs to reduce or eliminate social and environmental barriers experienced by persons with disabilities.