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Section 4: Work-related Resources

4.2. What are the conditions of people who are helped by Vocational Rehabilitation?

The state-federal Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program, authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, provides services for individuals with disabilities to assist in obtaining employment.

The VR program served 1,250,314 people in fiscal year 1995 including 940,177 with severe disabilities. In that year, 209,599 individuals, including 158,559 with severe disabilities, were rehabilitated or successfully completed their VR services and found work in a variety of jobs. The chart below illustrates the varying types of conditions and impairments of people rehabilitated by VR programs.

People who successfully complete VR have a range of disabilities.

Bar graph showing the distribution of rehabilitated clients according to their major disabling condition.

Figure 22: Major disabling conditions of rehabilitated Vocational Rehabilitation clients (percentage with each condition)

Source: Rehabilitation Services Administration, program statistics (911 data based on FY 1995 cumulative case load report).

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