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RSA’s mission is to provide leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation (VR) and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

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Office of the RSA Commissioner

RSA is led by a Commissioner, appointed by President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, 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 Commissioner provides overall direction, coordination, and leadership to RSA’s two divisions and their units.

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Legislation and Policy

RSA administers legislation that directly affect individuals with disabilities and their families. We also play critical roles both in the development of regulations that bring legislation into effect and in monitoring that these laws and regulations are followed. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA, is the major legislative source for programs and initiatives administered by RSA.

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VR Program

The VR program provides grants to states to support a wide range of services designed to help individuals with disabilities prepare for and engage in gainful employment consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice. 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.

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Technical Assistance Resources

RSA provides specific technical/content knowledge to address identified needs of VR agencies and their partners in a coordinated effort of universal, targeted and intensive services for the purpose of improving vocational rehabilitation and other services to individuals with disabilities.

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RSA’s Data Unit

The Data Unit, within SMPID, collects, reviews, and approves the forms that provide information on consumers served by the VR program. The data from those forms is used to prepare monitoring tables, information for the annual report to Congress, administer the WIOA performance accountability provisions, and requests from other interested parties. The Data Unit also provides support to RSA State Teams in their data analysis activities.

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RSA’s Fiscal Unit

The Fiscal Unit, within SMPID, develops and maintains a fiscal performance data profile of each grantee, improves and maintains a fiscal monitoring process that RSA State Teams use to determine if grantees are meeting their fiscal obligations under statute.

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RSA’s Service Programs Unit

The Service Programs Unit, within TSPD, directs service-related programs and projects under American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS), the Helen Keller National Center, and the Randolph Sheppard Vending Facility program.

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RSA’s Training Programs Unit

The Training Programs Unit, within TSPD, administers RSA’s rehabilitation training and special demonstration programs.

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RSA Website News

RSA makes enhancements to rsa.ed.gov on a regular basis and periodically announces new features and content.

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