Vocational Rehabilitation is a state program whose purpose is to help unemployed
and/or disabled persons find jobs. Typically, an unemployed or disabled person meets with a
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. The Counselor looks at a person’s education, skills, and
job history and then comes up with a plan that will help that person get back into the work
force. Sometimes, in order to put together a plan, the Counselor will have the person take
some tests, such as job interest tests, aptitude tests, IQ tests, and/or psychological tests.
The plan may include job placement at lighter jobs or at less skilled jobs. The plan may
include educational opportunities such as learning a new trade, obtaining a GED, or college
classes. Usually, if the plan recommends further education, the state will pay for that
education. Also, if the plan recommends accommodations such as equipment to help the
disabled person work, the state will pay for that equipment.
If you go through Vocational Rehabilitation and they find you a job and you like the
job, you may not need Social Security Disability benefits.
If you go through Vocational Rehabilitation and they cannot find you a job, then the
fact they could not find you a job will help prove disability in your Social Security Disability
As a result, I recommend that you go through Vocational Rehabilitation. The
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor often meets with people in their county of residence.
Website for Indiana www.in.gov/fssa
Website for Ohio www.ood.ohio.gov/Core-Services/BVR
FORBES DISABILITY GROUP, PO Box 374, Angola, Indiana 46703 Tel: (260) 665-1002
.pdf available here: Vocational Rehabilitation
This document, from the Social Security Administration, offers a great foundation for the understanding of what the Appeals Process is and how it works.