Chapter 11: Rehabilitation and Independent Living


Section 7: Rehabilitation Agencies in Other States


Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is a state agency that is unique in the nation for providing services to children and adults with disabilities through a seamless system of service delivery. Through their continuum of services, ADRS provides assistance throughout a lifetime. With individualized services provided in homes, schools, the workplace, and the community, ADRS assists every person in achieving his or her maximum potential.

602 S. Lawrence St.
Montgomery , AL 36104

Voice: 

334-293-7500

Toll Free: 

800-441-7607

Fax: 

334-293-7383

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Division of Vocatonal Rehabilitation (DVR) helps hundreds of Alaskans with disabilities prepare for, get and keep good jobs. It is part of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and provides services throughout Alaska.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development P.O. Box 115516
Juneau , AK 99811-5516

Voice: 

907-465-2814

Toll Free: 

800-478-2815

Fax: 

907-465-2856

Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration

Contact Information for VR services in Arizona.

Toll Free: 

800-563-1221

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and Adult Education, under the Division of Workforce Services, and the Office of Skills Development Division, under the Department of Commerce, are focused on delivering industry-focused, demand-driven education and training.

1 Verizon Drive
Little Rock , AR 72202

Voice: 

501-296-1600

Toll Free: 

800-330-0632

Fax: 

501-296-1141

California Department of Rehabilitation

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities.

721 Capitol Mall, P O Box 944222
Sacramento , CA 95814

Voice: 

916-324-1313

TTY: 

844-729-2800

Toll Free: 

800-952-5544

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

2211 W Evans
Denver , CO 80223

Voice: 

303-866-2500

Fax: 

303-866-4905

Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

Department of Aging and Disability Services Central Office
55 Farmington Avenue, 12th floor
Hartford , CT 06105

Voice: 

860-424-5055 Main Number to Central Office

Toll Free: 

800-537-2549 Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

Connecticut Board of Education and Services for the Blind

The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB) is the state’s lead Bureau for the coordination and provision of services to all Connecticut residents who are legally blind, or have significant visual impairments. These services include training and devices that help people who are blind function in the home and in the community independently; teaching children how to adapt to and learn in an environment - in and outside of school - that is designed for those with sight and; providing services that help people who are blind find work or keep their job after blindness has developed.

184 Windsor Ave.
Windsor , CT 06095

Voice: 

860-602-4000

DC Rehabilitation Services Administration

Email: dds@dc.gov

The Department on Disability Services (DDS) is composed of two Administrations that oversee and coordinate services for residents with disabilities through a network of private and non-profit providers: Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA).

250 E Street, SW
Washington , DC 20024

Voice: 

202-730-1700

Fax: 

202-730-1843

Delaware Department of Labor

They provide people who want to work with access to the the best resources for training, support and career placement services.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
4425 N. Market St.
Wilmington , DE 19802

Voice: 

302-761-8275 Voice/TTY

Florida Division of Blind Services

Florida Division of Blind Services helps blind and visually impaired Floridians achieve their goals and live productive and independent lives. Their services cover all ages from babies to senior citizens. They also offer Employer Services, the Braille and Talking Books Library, and the Business Enterprise Program.

325 W. Gaines St., Rm. 1114, Turlington Bldg.
Tallahassee , FL 32399-0400

Voice: 

850-245-0300

Toll Free: 

800-342-1828

Fax: 

850-245-0363

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. Vocational Rehabilitation is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.

4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee , FL 32399-7016

Voice: 

850-245-3399

TTY: 

711

Toll Free: 

800-451-4327

Georgia Department of Labor Rehabilitation Services

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five programs with one goal: To help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment.

Voice: 

844-367-4872

Hawaii Department of Human Services

Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind
1901 Bachelot Street
Honolulu , HI 96817

Voice: 

808-586-5275

Fax: 

808-586-5361

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s program goal is to place Idahoans with disabilities into the workforce by securing and maintaining productive employment. IDVR can provide the services required to assist people to go to work and can assist in locating suitable employment.

650 W. State St., Rm. 150
Boise , ID 83720

Voice: 

208-334-3390

Toll Free: 

844-324-3983

Fax: 

208-334-5305

Illinois Department of Human Services

Office of Rehabilitation Services
401 South Clinton Street
Springfield , IL 60607

TTY: 

800-447-6404

Toll Free: 

800-843-6154

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

The Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services has two overarching responsibilities: to facilitate partnerships that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities; and to provide them with continuous, life-long support.

Division of Disability, Aging and Rehabilitative Services
402 W. Washington St., #W453 P.O. Box 7083, MS26
Indianapolis , IN 46207-7083

Voice: 

317-232-1252

Toll Free: 

800-545-7763

Fax: 

317-232-1240

Iowa Department for the Blind

Email: contact@blind.state.ia.us

The Iowa Department for the Blind believes all Iowans can lead productive, fulfilling lives – including those who happen to be blind or low vision. The Department supports and encourages independent living and full participation in life – at home, at work and in communities.

524 Fourth St.
Des Moines , IA 50309-2364

Voice: 

515-281-1333

Toll Free: 

800-362-2587

Fax: 

515-281-1263

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Iowa VR is an employment program for individuals who experience a disability. They focus on service delivery that assists individuals to prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in employment.

510 East 12th St.
Des Moines , IA 50319

Voice: 

515-281-4211

Toll Free: 

800-532-1486

Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services offers a variety of programs to meet the diverse needs of Kansans with disabilities.

Kansas Department for Children and Families
555 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka , KS 66603

Voice: 

785-296-3271

TTY: 

785-296-1491

Kentucky Office for the Blind

The mission of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation / Blind Services Division is to provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities. They serve Kentuckians who are visually impaired or blind and assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence with complete integration into society.

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
500 Mero Street
Frankfort , KY 40601

Voice: 

800-372-7172

TTY: 

800-372-7172

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. They recognize and respect the contribution of all individuals as a necessary and vital part of a productive society.

500 Mero Street, 4th Floor NE
Frankfort , KY 40601

Voice: 

800-372-7172

TTY: 

800-372-7172

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) assists persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources.

LRS State Office
1001 N. 23rd Street P.O. Box 91297
Baton Rouge , LA 70821-9297

Voice: 

225-219-2225

Toll Free: 

800-737-2958

Fax: 

225-219-4993

Maine Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities.

150 State House Station
Augusta , ME 04333-0150

Voice: 

207-623-6799

TTY: 

TTY users please use Maine Relay 711

Toll Free: 

888-755-0023

Fax: 

207-287-5292

Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides many services to persons with severe visual impairments.

45 Commerce Drive
Augusta , ME 04333-0073

Voice: 

207-624-5120

TTY: 

TTY users please use Maine Relay 711

Toll Free: 

800-760-1573

Fax: 

287-6249

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services

Email: dors@dors.state.md.us

Division of Rehabilitation Services (​DORS) programs and services help people with disabilities go to work.

2301 Argonne Dr.
Baltimore , MD 21218

Voice: 

410-554-9442

TTY: 

443-798-2840 VP

Toll Free: 

888-554-0334

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Email: MCBInfo@state.ma.us

MCB is the point of entry for vocational and social rehabilitation services for residents of the Commonwealth who are declared to be legally blind by an eye professional. Under a newly created category, MCB will expand service to qualifying individuals who have low vision with a progressive visual impairment. These services help individuals to work toward independence and full community participation.

600 Washington Street
Boston , MA 02111

Voice: 

617-727-5550

Toll Free: 

800-392-6450

Fax: 

617-626-7685

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) promotes equality, empowerment and independence of individuals with disabilities.

600 Washington Street
Boston , MA 02111

Voice: 

617-204-3600

Toll Free: 

800-245-6543 Voice/TDD

Fax: 

617-727-1354

Michigan Commission for the Blind

The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) believes in the capacity of people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve employment and independence. BSBP provides training and other services that empower people to achieve their individual goals.

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
201 N. Washington Square, 2nd Fl., P.O. Box 30652
Lansing , MI 48909

Voice: 

517-241-1100

TTY: 

517-241-1092
888-864-1212 Toll Free

Toll Free: 

800-292-4200

Fax: 

517-335-5140

Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Email: MRS-CustomerAssistance@michigan.gov.

The mission of Michigan Rehabilitation Services is to develop customized workforce solutions for businesses and individuals with disabilities.

Voice: 

517-241-5324

Toll Free: 

800-605-6722

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Email: DEED.CustomerService@state.mn.us

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is Minnesota's principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development.

Rehabilitation Services Branch
1st National Bank Building 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul , MN 55101

Voice: 

651-296-5616

Toll Free: 

800-657-3858

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services is a state agency that provides resources to help Mississippians with disabilities find new careers, live more independently, overcome obstacles, and face new challenges.

PO Box 1698
Jackson , MS 39215-1698

Toll Free: 

800-443-1000

Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Email: info@vr.dese.mo.gov

Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation specializes in employment and training services that can assist in becoming employed.

Central Office VR
3024 Dupont Cir.
Jefferson City , MO 65109

Voice: 

573-751-3251

TTY: 

573-751-0881

Toll Free: 

877-222-8963

Fax: 

573-751-1441

Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind

Email: askrsb@dss.mo.gov

Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind helps eligible blind and visually impaired persons achieve personal and employment success.

Missouri Department of Social Services
615 Howerton Ct., P.O. Box 2320
Jefferson City , MO 65102-2320

Toll Free: 

800-592-6004

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation

Email: vrinfo@mt.gov

The mission of Montana Vocational Rehabilitation is to maximize access to in-demand and high-quality careers by Montanans with disabilities seeking dignity through choice, integration, and self-reliance.

111 North Last Chance Gulch, Ste 4C PO Box 4210
Helena , MT 59604-4210

Voice: 

406-444-2590 Voice/TTY

Toll Free: 

877-296-1197

Fax: 

406-444-3632

Nebraska Department of Education

Email: marketingteam.vr@nebraska.gov

Link to Nebraska VR:
http://www.vr.nebraska.gov/

Vocational Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln , NE 68509

Voice: 

402-471-3644

Toll Free: 

877-637-3422 (Nebraska Only)

Fax: 

402-471-0788

Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation

The Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation consists of divisions that offer assistance in job training and placement, vocational rehabilitation, workplace discrimination, and in collecting and analyzing workforce and economic data.

2800 E. St. Louis Avenue
Las Vegas , NV 89104

New Hampshire Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The New Hampshire Department of Education is committed to helping students, parents, and educators (including teachers, principals, superintendents, and school communities) meet the educational needs of each student.

VR Link: https://www.education.nh.gov/partners/vocational-rehabilitation

Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord , NH 03301-3860

Voice: 

603-271-3494
271-3537 Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired

TTY: 

800-735-2964 TDD Access Relay
603-271-3471 V/TTY Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired

Fax: 

603-271-3816 Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired

New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation

Email: Tracey.Frye@doe.nh.gov

The Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation assists eligible New Hampshire citizens with disabilities secure suitable employment and financial and personal independence by providing rehabilitation services.

21 South Fruit Street, Suite 20
Concord , NH 03301

Voice: 

603-271-2930

New Jersey Department of Human Services

Email: askcbvi@dhs.nj.gov

This agency’s mission is to promote and provide services in the areas of education, employment, independent living and eye health through informed choice and partnership with persons who are blind or visually impaired, their families and the community.

Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
153 Halsey St., 6th Fl., P.O. Box 47017
Newark , NJ 07101-47017

Voice: 

973-648-3333

Toll Free: 

877-685-8878

New Jersey Department of Labor

The mission of the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) is to enable eligible individuals with disabilities to achieve an employment outcome consistent with their strengths, priorities, needs, abilities and capabilities.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Administrative (Central) Office
P.O. BOX 398
Trenton , NJ 08625-0398

Voice: 

609-292-5987

TTY: 

609-498-6221 VP

Fax: 

609-292-8347

New Mexico Commission for the Blind

The Commission for the Blind provides vocational rehabilitation and independent living services designed to enable persons who are blind to become more participating and contributing members of society.

2905 Rodeo Park Dr., E. Bldg. 4, Ste. 100
Santa Fe , NM 87505

Voice: 

505-476-4479

Toll Free: 

888-513-7968

New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The mission of the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR) is to encourage and assist the efforts of New Mexicans with disabilities to reach their goals for working and living in their communities.

2935 Rodeo Park Drive East
Santa Fe , NM 87505

Voice: 

505-954-8500

Toll Free: 

800-224-7005

Fax: 

505-954-8562

New York Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

The mission of the New York State Commission for the Blind is to enhance employability, to maximize independence and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind.

Toll Free: 

866-871-3000

New York Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Through NYS Education Department, the New York State Office of VESID offers thousands of New Yorkers with disabilities an opportunity to become independent through education, training, and employment. VESID also provides vocational rehabilitation services to eligible individuals to prepare them for suitable jobs. These jobs might be in the competitive workforce, in self-owned businesses, in supported employment on employer sites, or in sheltered workshops.

TTY: 

518-474-5652

Toll Free: 

800-222-5627

North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind

The Division of Services for the Blind provides services to people who are visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind to help them reach their goals of independence and employment.

2601 Mail Service Center
Raleigh , NC 27699 - 2601

Voice: 

919-527-6700

Toll Free: 

866-222-1546

North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) helps people with disabilities achieve their goals for employment and independence.

2801 Mail Services Center
Raleigh , NC 27699-2801

Voice: 

919-855-3500

TTY: 

919-855-3579
919-324-1500 Videophone

Toll Free: 

800-689-9090

North Dakota Disability Services Division

Vocational Rehabilitation
1237 West Divide Avenue Suite #1B
Bismarck , ND 58501-1208

Voice: 

701-328-8950

TTY: 

800-366-6888 ND Relay TTY

Toll Free: 

800-755-2745

Fax: 

701-328-8969

North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind (NDVS/SB)

North Dakota Vision Services/School for the Blind (NDVS/SB) provides statewide leadership, center based programming, and regionalized outreach services ensuring that the specialized needs of persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired are met.

500 Stanford Rd.
Grand Forks , ND

Voice: 

701-795-2700

Toll Free: 

800-421-1181 Toll-free in North Dakota

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)

The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) expands opportunities for employment, independent life and economic self-sufficiency by helping Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success in the workplace, school and at home.

To connect to the DRS office in your area call 800-487-4042.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation: Employment services for people with any disability, except blindness.
  • Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired: Employment and independent living services for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Disability Determination Services: Determines medical eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income.
  • Oklahoma School for the Deaf: Educational programs for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Oklahoma School for the Blind: Educational programs for children who are blind or visually impaired.

Counselors and technology specialists provide assistive technology evaluations, devices and services to agency clients based on individual needs related to achievement of employment goals. They also help employers locate appropriate adaptive equipment for employees with disabilities. Contact your local Vocational Rehabilitation or Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired counselor for information. See DRS Offices Statewide, Rehabilitation section for contact information.

DRS provides vocational rehabilitation, employment and limited independent living services to eligible individuals with disabilities. Medical equipment, assistive technology and related services may be provided if they are part of the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) developed with a vocational rehabilitation client. In some cases assistive technology devices and services may be provided for independent living purposes.

Assistive technology services which may be available based on a person's eligibility and plan of service include evaluation for assistive technology needs, recommendations for suitable equipment, worksite evaluation for adaptive equipment needs and training in use of specialized equipment.

Current DRS clients should discuss assistive technology needs with their DRS counselors. Applications for DRS services can be made by contacting local DRS offices. See DRS Offices Statewide, Rehabilitation and Independent Living section.

State Office
3535 N.W. 58th St., Ste. 500
Oklahoma City , OK 73112

Voice: 

405-951-3400

Toll Free: 

800-845-8476

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