On May 13, 2021, Governor Doug Ducey and DES announced Arizona’s Back to Work Program. DES provides a variety of workforce services and child care assistance. For more information, please visit the Arizona's Back to Work program.
Renters and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in twelve Arizona counties may now apply for rent and utility assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Learn more.
What is the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program?
The Vocational Rehabilitation program provides a variety of services to persons with disabilities, with the ultimate goal to prepare for, enter into, or retain employment.
Am I eligible for the VR Program?
You may be eligible for VR services if you meet all of the following requirements:
You have a physical or mental impairment;
Your physical or mental impairment constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment;
You require VR services in order to prepare for, secure, retain, or regain employment; and
You can benefit from the provision of VR services in terms of achieving an employment outcome.
Due to limited state funding, individuals determined eligible for VR may be placed on a waitlist for services. The waitlist is designed to ensure that individuals who are most in need receive VR services in a timely manner.
How do I apply for the VR Program?
Call or visit a VR office near you and inquire about services or set up an appointment. VR staff will collect personal information from you and complete an RSA Referral form on your behalf.
Complete one of the following referral forms and submit it to RSA by emailing [email protected].
To speak with someone regarding general information about RSA programs or to receive assistance completing a referral for services, please call Toll-Free 1-800-563-1221. Once your referral is received, it will be sent to a local field office and a VR staff member will contact you to set up an appointment.
WIOA Section 511- Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
In 2014, the federal government passed a new law for job seekers known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). As part of this law, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, 14c Certificate Holders, schools, and persons with disabilities engaged in, or seeking subminimum wage employment have new responsibilities. These new responsibilities require youth with disabilities and those that serve them, to consider competitive and integrated employment as an option before considering employment that pays subminimum wage. The new responsibilities also require that any individual in subminimum wage employment be provided with career counseling and information/referral services to ensure knowledge of employment options and supports in their community. Please review the following documents for more information:
Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable modification based on language or disability should submit a request as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the modification. The process for requesting a reasonable modification can be found at Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Modification.