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Preparing for a Career in Vocational Rehabilitation

Graduate and undergraduate degree programs are available at universities across the country. Some offer distance education programs. Generous federal financial assistance is often available for those preparing for vocational rehabilitation careers. Recipients are usually required to repay this stipend by two years of paid employment in the public rehabilitation program for every year of receiving the stipend.

The primary focus of preparing for a career in vocational rehabilitation is on learning about theories, techniques, counseling, and their application; becoming an expert on disability and employment; and gaining awareness and sensitivity regarding people with disabilities. An important component of career preparation for any well-rounded professional in vocational rehabilitation is gaining knowledge about employment law. This includes the Rehabilitation Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Social Security Work Incentives Improvement Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, among others.

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Find out more about Vocational Rehabilitation
(excerpts from the Careers in Vocational Rehabilitation Booklet)
Who makes a good rehabilitation professional?
Preparing for a Career in Vocational Rehabilitation
Questions about a Career in Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation Professions:
Rehabilitation Counseling
  Rehabilitation Counselors
Rehabilitation of Individuals Who Are Blind or Have Vision Impairments
  Orientation and Mobility Specialists
  Rehabilitation Teachers
Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment
  Vocational Evaluators
  Work Adjustment Specialists
Job Development and Placement Specialists
Rehabilitation of Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  Deafness Rehabilitation Professionals
  Interpreters for Deaf Individuals
Undergraduate Education in the Rehabilitation Services
  Rehabilitation Practitioners
Rehabilitation Administration
Other Vocational Rehabilitation Professions
  Rehabilitation Medicine, Physiatrists, Rehabilitation Nurses

  Prosthetics & Orthotics
  Rehabilitation Technologists
  Rehabilitation Psychologist
  Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists