This year marks the 100th anniversary of Vocational Rehabilitation. Signed into law on June 2, 1920, by President Woodrow Wilson, the Smith-Fess Act of 1920 (also known as the Industrial Rehabilitation Act and referred to as The Civilian Vocational Rehabilitation Act), was the first federally funded program to assist people with disabilities who had not acquired their disabilities through military service.
DOR administers the largest vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs in the country. Vocational rehabilitation services are designed to help job seekers with disabilities obtain competitive employment in integrated work settings. Independent living services may include peer support, skill development, systems advocacy, referrals, assistive technology services, transition services, housing assistance, and personal assistance services.
To celebrate 100 years of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services we are excited to announce the launch of our VR100 campaign! This campaign will feature personal stories about how VR services have made a difference in the lives of Californians with disabilities.
The stories will be posted on the VR100 Stories website page, as well as DOR’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels or subscribe to Latest News.