• Aimee Langone, MEd, CRC, LVRC

Vocational Rehabilitation FAQ

What is “Vocational Rehabilitation”?

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federally mandated, state managed program to help eligible people with disabilities achieve employment outcomes. Every state in the US has a VR program and in Utah our VR program is housed under the Department of Workforce Services, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR). You can learn more about USOR by visiting our website at: https://jobs.utah.gov/usor/.

Who is eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services?

To be eligible for services an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a significant physical or mental impairment

  • Have an impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment

  • Require vocational rehabilitation services to obtain or maintain employment

  • Benefit in terms of an employment outcome

Only a VR Counselor can determine whether a person is eligible for services, so if you think you or your family member would benefit from services it is advised that you or your family member apply.

Does a learning disability qualify for eligibility? What if we do not have confirmation of the learning disability diagnosis?

VR works with many different disabilities such as hearing/visual, learning, cognitive, brain injuries, autism, physical, and emotional diagnoses. If you suspect you have a disability or do not have confirmation of a disability, VR may be able to help pay for an evaluation.