In 1920, the first public rehabilitation program providing training, prosthetics, and placement services for persons with disabilities began with the passing of the Smith-Fess Act.
Since that time, there have been many laws enacted to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities. On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law.
The ADA has made a tremendous impact on American life and culture and is an important civil rights act designed to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy the same freedoms as everyone else. Additionally, the 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ensure consumer choice in career opportunities.
To help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence.
To become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees.
The Division has 931 employees with staff in a Tallahassee headquarters office, six area offices, and 80 field locations where VR customers can get services across the state.
The program is administered through the Office of the Director and four Bureaus: the Bureau of Field Services, the Bureau of Operations and Support, the Bureau of Planning and Performance, and the Bureau of Vendor and Contracted Services.
Laws Governing VR
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
Florida Statutes, Chapter 413
Operational Policies and Procedures for DVR Counselors (Counselor Policy Manual) - contains internal policies and procedures.