Office of Children and Family Services

New York State Commission for the Blind

Vocational Rehabilitation Program

If blindness or a severe visual impairment has substantially limited your employment prospects, you may be eligible to benefit from the NYSCB Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program offers guidance and counseling to assist consumers who are legally blind find or retain employment. Vocational counselors work with the consumer to develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). The IPE acts as a road map to guide the consumer toward their employment goals. Goals vary, and include preparing for and finding a job, continuing at a current workplace or maintaining a household independently.

In addition to counseling and guidance, services offered through the VR Program may include access to the following:

Purchase of the above services may be funded by NYSCB in some cases.

If you think vocational rehabilitation can help you to enter, engage in or retain gainful employment goals, please contact a district office near you.

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