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VR100: Vocational Rehabilitation 100th Anniversary

VR100 logo: Go to the new VR100 webpage

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) will be celebrating 100 Years of VR throughout 2020. We encourage you to view and bookmark the VR100 webpage, where you will currently find the kick-off podcast from OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Schultz, VR100 graphics, signature block and the hashtag #VR100Years to use as your agency and organization promote the year. New information will be added to the VR100 webpage throughout 2020.

01/23/2020


 Vocational Rehabilitation Stakeholder Quarterly Teleconference with OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Schultz

On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Acting Assistant Secretary and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Commissioner Mark Schultz held his quarterly teleconference with vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and other stakeholders to share current RSA events and answer questions about the VR program.

Access the audio recording (MP3, 16MB)

Download the transcript (PDF, 215KB)

04/29/2020


 RSA Frequently-Asked Questions About Fiscal Management of the VR Program in the Current COVID-19 Environment.

A frequently-asked questions document in response to inquiries from State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies concerning the fiscal management of the VR program as they seek to provide continuity of operations for individuals with disabilities in the current COVID-19 environment.

 Download the RSA COVID-19 Fiscal Management FAQ (PDF, 287KB)

04/28/2020


Vocational Rehabilitation Stakeholder Teleconference with OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Schultz

On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Schultz held a stakeholder teleconference with vocational rehabilitation agencies and other grantees to share their questions and concerns about the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 across the United States and the challenges it poses for vocational rehabilitation agencies and the delivery of services. Also, representatives of the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center presented on the technical assistance they are providing to vocational rehabilitation agencies as they engage in distance communication and virtual service delivery to individuals with disabilities. In addition, two State vocational rehabilitation agencies shared service delivery challenges they are facing in this health crisis.

Access the audio recording (MP3, 12.4MB)

Download the transcript (PDF, 164KB)

If you have any questions, please contact your RSA state liaison.

04/07/2020


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OSERS Mission

To improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations
for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.

In implementing this mission, OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities and provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in two main areas—special education and vocational rehabilitation—through its two main components: OSEP and RSA.

OSERS Vision

All Americans with disabilities will live and thrive with their disabilities in their own communities.

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