RSA is led by a Commissioner who advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services on programs and issues affecting individuals with disabilities. The RSA Commissioner and RSA Deputy Commissioner provide overall direction and leadership to RSA's two Divisions:
RSA is established by Congress as the principal Federal agency authorized to carry out Titles I, III, VI, and VII, as well as Section 509 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Additionally, RSA administers programs and activities under the Randolph-Sheppard Act, as amended.
RSA Programs develop and implement comprehensive systems of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, and independent living services for older individuals who are blind through the provision of services, training, and advocacy to maximize the employment, independence, and integration of individuals with disabilities in their communities.
RSA accomplishes its mission by:
- Administering formula and discretionary grant programs authorized by Congress;
- Evaluating, monitoring, and reporting on the implementation of Federal policy and programs and the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, independent living, and, other related programs for individuals with disabilities; and
- Coordinating with other Federal agencies, state agencies, and the private sector including professional organizations, service providers, and organizations of persons with disabilities for the review of program planning, implementation, and monitoring issues.