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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) can help if you have a disability that makes it hard to find or keep a job.
We work with your interests and skills to help you be successful at work. This page explains how the program works and how to get services. If you have questions, contact your local VR office.
Find a VR office
We work with most people who have a disability that makes it hard to get or keep a job. We also work with young people with disabilities age 14 to 24 who want help getting ready to work.
A counselor will work with you to make sure you are eligible for VR services.
VR is for people who:
Some examples include people with learning disabilities, loss of vision or hearing, back injuries and mental health conditions.
You will get a counselor who will spend time getting to know you and what kind of job you want. They will learn about your disability and how it makes it hard for you to work.
Your counselor will help you set goals, make a plan and give you the services you need to be successful.
You can get help with things like:
frequently asked questions below to read more about VR services and the steps to get services.
Applying is easy!
Contact the VR office that is closest to you. You will get an appointment to attend an orientation and get the process started.
If you need services for a high school student,
find more information on the VR Youth Services page.
Questions? Read the frequently asked questions below, or call your local VR office.
Watch this 20-minute video for an overview of how VR works and what you can expect when you contact us.
If you can, please fill out the questionnaire below and bring it to your first appointment. You can download the form in Microsoft Word format. It is available in several languages.
VR has different types of services that help people with disabilities get what they need to find or keep a job. We will work with you to decide which services are the best fit for you and your job goals.
Here are some examples of services you can get:
Yes. You get to make choices when you work with VR.
How VR helps you make choices
Our staff gives you the information to feel confident when you face each choice. Think of us as your career consultants.
Early on, you and your counselor talk about the work problems caused by your disability. We call these your “barriers to employment." Knowing your work problems helps you and your counselor decide on steps to overcome them. It also helps you figure out what services you need to reach your job goal.
You and your counselor share responsibility for your choices.
Guidelines for making choices
If you have a problem or disagree with a decision about your VR services, start by talking to your counselor or VR branch manager. You can solve most problems that way.
If you need more help,
visit our Problems and Complaints page for information about your options.
VR partners with service providers who can help you reach your job goal. These services come with a cost. Depending on your family's income, you may need to pay for all or some of the cost of these services. For information, see our Cost of Services handout.
Many people with disabilities worry that if they go to work, they will lose all their federal and state benefits or their medical insurance. But that's usually not the case.
Oregon has free benefits counseling to help you understand how going to work might affect your benefits. Certified counselors help you make informed decisions that are right for you.
Ticket to Work is a program for people who have Social Security Disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work.
People who are blind or deaf-blind can get VR services through the
Oregon Commission for the Blind.
We have services for young people with disabilities who want help getting ready to work.
Visit our Youth Transition Services site.
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