The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Education. RSA administers several programs, including the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. An overview of RSA's background and resources are listed below to provide more insights about one of the six core WIOA program partners.
RSA serves as the principal federal agency authorized to carry out different sections of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA. RSA coordinates the review of program planning, implementation, and monitoring issues. In addition, RSA serves as a resource and clearinghouse of information for service providers focused on individuals with disabilities at the national, state, and local level.
1. About RSA: RSA’s portal site to access information about its grants and funding, research and statistics, reporting and monitoring, and other resources.
2. FAQs About RSA: A link to the most common Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about RSA.
4. State VR Office Directory: There are currently 78 VR agencies in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and territories - 22 of which are agencies for the blind, 22 of which are agencies serving all other individuals with disabilities in those same states, and 34 agencies serving all individuals with disabilities in the remaining States.
5. CSAVR: The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) is comprised of the chief administrators of the public rehabilitation agencies serving individuals with physical and mental disabilities in the States, District of Columbia, and the territories. The Council’s members supervise the rehabilitation of approximately 1.2 million individuals with disabilities.
6. NCSAB: The National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB) promotes through advocacy, coordination, and education the delivery of specialized services that enable individuals who are blind and visually impaired to achieve personal and vocational independence.
7. NCRTM: The National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) is RSA’s central repository of training, technical assistance, and educational materials for the VR community. The site can also support other key stakeholders including staff at the American Job Center.
8. RSA Technical Assistance Centers: RSA created a series of training and technical assistance centers and demonstration projects to assist state VR agencies and their partners in providing VR and other services to individuals with disabilities. Specific information about each technical assistance center, how to receive technical assistance services, latest projects and communities of practice can be accessed at this link.