The RSA is established by Congress as the principal federal agency authorized to carry out Titles I, III, VI, and VII, as well as Section 509 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Additionally, RSA administers programs and activities under the Randolph-Sheppard Act, as amended. RSA provides national leadership for, and administration of
- basic state and formula grant programs,
- service projects,
- rehabilitation training discretionary grant programs,
- and Randolph-Sheppard vending facilities programs.
These programs develop and implement comprehensive and coordinated programs of vocational rehabilitation and supported employment 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.