Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians with Disabilities

Current Section  Purpose
 Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Home

Program Office: Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

CFDA Number: 84.250
Program Type: Discretionary/Competitive Grants
Also Known As: Sec. 121 Program; American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program

Program Description

The purpose of this program is to assist tribal governments to develop or to increase their capacity to provide a program of vocational rehabilitation services, in a culturally relevant manner, to American Indians with disabilities residing on or near federal or state reservations. The program's goal is to enable these individuals, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment and may include native healing services.


Types of Projects

The program provides financial assistance for the establishment and operations of VR services programs for American Indians with disabilities living on or near a federal or state reservation.


Notice Inviting Applications for the OSERS/RSA American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services — Training and Technical Assistance program (CFDA Number 84.250Z)

A notice was published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2015 for the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services—Training and Technical Assistance program inviting applications for a new award for Training and Technical Assistance..

(July 22, 2015)


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the definition of “reservation.”

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) published an NPRM in the June 23, 2014 Federal Register requesting public comment on the actions that the Department should take to amend the definition of “reservation” under the regulations governing the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) program in one of two ways. The Department is requesting comment from the public on two proposed amendments:

  1. Alternative A: would conform the definition to the Department’s current interpretation and practices.
  2. Alternative B: would limit the areas of land the Department considers to be reservations to those that are listed in the statutory definition of “reservation.”

The NPRM includes information about how to submit public comments. Responses must be received on or before August 22, 2014.

(June 23, 2014)


NPRM American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program Webinar

Thank you to all who were able to attend June 9th’s NPRM American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program Webinar. We appreciate your interest and participation. For your reference, we’ve archived this webinar and materials through the National Clearinghouse on Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM). The first link below will give you access to the recording and transcript. If you are unable to view the Windows Media File, please download the Windows Media Player through NCRTM’s plugin page (second link).

  1. NPRM American Indian VR Services Program Webinar Materials
  2. NCRTM Plugin Page

Please direct any other questions regarding the Section 508 Webinar or the NCRTM to NCRTM@neweditions.net.

(June 26, 2015)


Last Modified: 07/22/2015