What is vocational rehabilitation?
A: Vocational rehabilitation
is a field that encompasses a broad range of careers with one thing in
common—the goal of empowering people with disabilities to access
the resources and knowledge to live successfully, be meaningfully employed,
and enjoy being productive members of the community.
is there such a great need for vocational rehabilitation professionals?
A: Some 20 percent of the American
population has one or more disabilities, and 70 percent of people with
disabilities are unemployed. This creates a great demand for rehabilitation
counselors, educators, therapists and other professionals who can help
children and adults reach their goals.
other factors are causing the shortage of vocational rehabilitation professionals?
A: This is an exciting time in the vocational rehabilitation
field. Many of the social and physical barriers that once restricted people
with disabilities have been overcome. Technology has provided a wealth
of new options. More and more professional leadership and guidance is
needed—often on a one-to-one basis—so that people with disabilities
can take advantage of these new opportunities. In addition, career professionals
predict that the demand for professionals in this field will continue
to rise as the demand for its services grows and many of today’s
vocational rehabilitation professionals retire.
do I find out more?
A: Contact your local or state vocational rehabilitation
office or the Rehabilitation Services Administration for more information
about careers in vocational rehabilitation. You can access a list of state
vocational rehabilitation offices at
For additional information
from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, visit its web site at
or write to them at the following address:
US Department of Education
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Rehabilitation Services Administration
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-2551
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out more about Vocational Rehabilitation
(Excerpts from the
Careers in Vocational Rehabilitation Booklet)
makes a good rehabilitation professional?
Preparing for a Career in Vocational Rehabilitation
Questions about a Career in Vocational Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation of Individuals Who Are Blind
or Have Vision Impairments
Orientation and Mobility Specialists
Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment
Work Adjustment Specialists
Job Development and Placement Specialists
Rehabilitation of Individuals who are Deaf or Hard
Deafness Rehabilitation Professionals
Interpreters for Deaf Individuals
Undergraduate Education in the Rehabilitation
Other Vocational Rehabilitation Professions
Rehabilitation Medicine, Physiatrists, Rehabilitation Nurses
Prosthetics & Orthotics
Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists