2017 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
Section 10: Vocational Rehabilitation
This section presents statistics on Vocational Rehabilitation programs, administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration in the United States. These data concern the number of individuals with disabilities who apply for services, receive services, and find employment (are successfully rehabilitated). Presented here categorically, vocational rehabilitation agencies often provide services through both state and private rehabilitation agencies (combined), broad state-based services for people (general), and specialized services to people with visual impairments (blind). The tables also address the expenditures associated with vocational rehabilitation, as well as whether vocational rehabilitation agencies are on order of selection. The principal source of this data is the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s Management Information System. Please note: The statistics presented in this section may vary from those provided by state agencies due to varying methods and analytic procedures.
Table 10.1: In the Federal Fiscal Year 2015 state vocational rehabilitation agencies processed 506,489 applicants.
Table 10.2: In the Federal Fiscal Year 2015, state vocational rehabilitation agencies closed 320,155 cases of individuals who either initiated or completed services.
Table 10.3: In the Federal Fiscal Year 2015, state vocational rehabilitation agencies closed 181,008 cases of individuals who either initiated or completed services in which the individuals entered successful employment.
Table 10.4: In the Federal Fiscal Year 2015, of 320,155 closed cases of individuals who either initiated or completed services, 56.5 percent achieved successful employment, i.e., a rehabilitation rate of 56.5 percent.
Table 10.5: In Federal Fiscal Year 2015, thirty-five agencies were on Order of Selection. Over the period from 2011 to 2015, nineteen states have never had any agency on Order of Selection. Over the period from 2011 to 2015, seventeen states have always had all of their agencies on Order of Selection.
Table 10.6: From 2014 to 2015, the number of Vocational Rehabilitation applicants in the U.S. changed by -2.4 percent.
Table 10.7: From 2014 to 2015, the rehabilitation rate in the U.S. changed by -0.3 percentage points.