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Abstract Details for AIVRTTAC State and Federal Toolkit

The Department of Education (ED), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), is the Federal agency that provides grant funding to assist states, the territories, and the District of Columbia (DC) in providing public Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services to eligible citizens with disabilities in their geographic area. States, territories, and the District of Columbia receive funds calculated through a statutory formula based on population and per capita income. American Indian Tribes (as described in Section VII of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended) located on federal and state reservations apply for American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) discretionary grants through a competitive process with funding for five years. RSAis the federal agency that provides grant funding for all American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) programs as authorized by Section 121 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended (the Act), and implemented by the subsequent program regulation at 34 CFR ยง371. Public VR and tribal AIVRS programs share the same overarching goal: The Vocational Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide VR services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in competitive integrated employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Eligible individuals are those who have a physical or mental impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment, who can benefit from VR services for employment, and who require VR services.