Vocational Rehabilitation is the largest and oldest program funded under the Rehabilitation Act. It is the state-federal eligibility vocational rehabilitation system which provides comprehensive vocational services to individuals with disabilities.
Rehabilitation counselors provide vocational guidance counseling and other services as identified in an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) for each participant. The scope of rehabilitation services that may be provided is extensive and includes services that lead to employment which will also result in increasing an individual’s independence and self-worth. Although each state adheres to the federal laws and regulations, each state has flexibility in determining its policy, procedures and business practices.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1920 was the start of the public rehabilitation program in the United States. The Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1920 provided funds for people with physical disabilities for vocational guidance, training, occupational adjustment, prosthesis, and placement services. A series of amendments through the years expanded services to persons with other types of disabilities.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 emphasized priority services for persons with severe disabilities and incorporated civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. At the present time, the authority of the rehabilitation program is still under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner- Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Central Office – Boise
Our Partner Agencies
The Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR) works with numerous other agencies to enable customers to easily find the resources they need to join the workforce:
- IDVR State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)
- American Job Center Idaho (AJC)
- Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE)
- Idaho State Department of Education (SDE)
- Idaho Department of Labor (IDOL)
- Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CDHH)
- Commission for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ICBVI)
- Idaho Career & Technical Education (CTE)
- Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD)
- State Independent Living Council (SILC)
- Live Better Idaho
- Your Health Idaho
- Able to Work Idaho
- Ticket to Work
The ADA Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the efforts of IDVR to comply with Title II and investigating any complaints of violations therein.
Teresa Pitt, ADA Coordinator
IDVR Central Office
650 W State Street, Room 150
Boise, ID 83720