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Q: 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.

Q: Why 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.

Q: What 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.

Q: How 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
Room 3329-MES
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-2551

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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


a photo of a young woman considering a career in vocational rehabilitation