Vocational Rehabilitation Service - General (VRS)

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About


ADRS’s largest division, VRS provides individualized employment- and education-related services and training to assist youth and adults with disabilities achieve their employment goal.

VRS provides transition services in collaboration with local high schools, technical colleges, junior colleges and universities statewide to assist students with disabilities in receiving appropriate educational opportunities.

The goal of VRS is to enable individuals with disabilities to increase self-sufficiency through employment. For Alabamians with disabilities, VRS strives to enhance employment opportunities and empowers individuals with disabilities to achieve their maximum potential.

Services


VRS provides individualized rehabilitation services to assist consumers in obtaining and maintaining competitive integrated employment.

In addition to employment services, Supported Employment provides extensive services, including long term supports, to individuals with the most-significant disabilities. Contact your local VR office for more information and schedule an appointment. Office Location Search

Certified Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs) help SSDI/SSI beneficiaries make informed decisions regarding how employment may affect their cash and health care benefits. Services are not limited to current or past ADRS participation. Call the ADRS Benefits Counseling Information & Referral Hotline at (877) 816-4607.

Assists eligible adults who receive SSDI or SSI in reaching their employment goals and to increase self-sufficiency. Contact your local VRS office to request an appointment with a rehabilitation counselor. Office Location Search

In addition to ADRS a full list of providers for your area can be found at Choose Work. Contact the Ticket to Work office at (800) 671-6842.

Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that assist youth with disabilities to successfully transition from high school to employment or post-secondary training opportunities. Every public high school in Alabama has a vocational rehabilitation counselor assigned to provide pre-employment and transition services. For more information about transition services, contact the Transition Services office at (800) 671-6842.

ADRS-VRS provides comprehensive services that may include information and referral, educational assistance, pre-vocational resources, employment assistance, and extended support provision. For more information on TBI services, contact the TBI office at 888-879-4706, or 205-290-4590 locally.

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A VRS Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) is a non-profit, non-government organization that partners with ADRS to assist its consumers with obtaining and maintaining competitive, integrated employment. All areas of the state are covered by one or more CRPs. For more information, contact a VRS local office near you or call (205) 290-4590, TTY (800) 499-1816.

FAQs


The types of services available through VRS are designed specifically to meet the needs of each individual. Services available through VRS field offices statewide may include:

  • Employment Services
  • Counseling and Guidance
  • Assistive Technology
  • Transition Services
  • Educational Services
  • Job Training
  • Vocational Assessment
  • Other Rehabilitation Services

To be eligible for VRS services, individuals must:

  • Be an Alabama resident
  • Have a physical or mental impairment that is a substantial impediment to employment
  • Must be able to benefit from services in terms of going to work
  • Contact your local VRS office
  • Contact the ADRS State Office and ask for Vocational Rehab Service

 Locations

ADRS State Office
602 S. Lawrence St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
P: (334) 293-7500
TFN: 800-441-7607
FAX: (334) 293-7383

VRS Office Locations

334.293.7500

Americans with Disabilities Act


ADA Hotline

1-800-205-9986

1-888-574-2257 (TTY)