A resource explaining common terms and concepts used in the public vocational rehabilitation system, and by Client Assistance Program (CAP) and Protection and Advocacy (P&A) advocates. Written by Cheryl Bates-Harris, National Disability Rights Network, edited by David T. Hutt, National Disability Rights Network and the CAP Advisory Committee.
Rehabilitation Act Title I (Vocational Rehabilitation Services) Statute: 29 U.S.C. §§ 701 - 751
The basic law for state public vocational rehabilitation programs.
Rehabilitation Act Title I (Vocational Rehabilitation Services) Federal Regulations: 34 C.F.R. Part 631
Regulations which implement the vocational rehabilitation legislation state vocational rehabilitation agencies must follow.
Rehabilitation Act Title I – American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services Grants (Section 121 Programs) Federal Regulations
Note: This link is to the regulations still in effect for the 121 American Indian VR grant programs. The regulations refer to the old Section 130 program and other terminology which pre-dates the 1998 amendments to the Rehabilitation Act, however, these are the correct regulations for the 121 programs and this is NOT an old link.
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Policy Guidance and Comments
Interpretations and comments on Title I of the Rehabilitation Act from the U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), the federal agency responsible for overseeing the use of federal vocational rehabilitation funds. Includes links to Policy Directives, Technical Assistance Circulars, and Information Memoranda from 1991 to 2006. For additional explanation of the various types of documents,click on this Introductory link. The Major Policy Guidance Documents are available below.
Major RSA Policy Guidance Documents on Vocational Rehabilitation
The following RSA Policy Guidance Documents (referred to by RSA as sub-regulatory guidance) and Comments are most important to vocational rehabilitation advocates. For additional Policy Guidance Documents, see the link above.
Assessments of Individuals with Significant Disabilities Under the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (RSA TAC-02-01) (February 11, 2002) [PDF]
Actions or Issues an Applicant or Client Can Appeal (RSA PAC-88-03) (June 7, 1988) [PDF]
Comment that a Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS) is Not a Comparable Benefit and on the Ticket to Work as a Comparable Benefit.Though not a policy directive, this is an important comment by RSA from the federal register. [PDF] [Word]
Major RSA Policy Guidance specific only to CAP may be found under the Client Assistance Program (CAP) Regulations and Grant Resources.
The following drop down menu includes links to state Vocational Rehabilitation policies available on-line. Only states whose policies are available online are included.
States Agencies Operating and Not Operating Under an Order of SelectionList complied by the National Disability Rights Network (August 2008)